American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2012 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


Bronze Age Mouse
Mice in boat

A fragment of a mouse’s jaw was found in the ship wreck of a Bronze Age royal ship that sank 3500 years ago. The mouse belonged to Mus musculus domesticus, and came from the northern Levantine coast. When mice live aboard ships for many generations, they evolve larger body shapes, but this stowaway was roughly the same shape and size of other land-dwelling mice during that time suggesting it boarded just before the ship set sail.

July 29, 2015