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Urban Rats Enjoy Richer, More Reliable Diet Than Their Rural Counterparts


Despite rats’ prevalence as one of the world’s most despised—and widespread—urban pests, researchers have a surprisingly slim understanding of the rodents’ lifestyle. But a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B offers a unique glimpse of city versus country rats’ dining habits, as well as an overview of these findings’ implications for human populations.Douglas Quenqua of The New York Times reports that study co-authors Eric Guiry, a zooarchaeologist at the University of British Columbia, and Michael Buckley, a zooarchaeologist at the University of Manchester, analyzed the remains of 86 brown rats that roamed the streets of Toronto and its outlying districts between 1790 and 1890.

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