Boromys offela Miller

Oriente Cave Rat (Boromys offela)  

This species was described in the year 1916 from subfossil bones that had been found on the island of Cuba and on the Isla de la Juventud.  

The Oriente Cave Rat seems to have survived long enough to see the arrival of the first Europeans on the American double continent, because its bones were found in deposits that also contained bones of rats, which again reached Cuba for the first time together with the European discoverers.  

These rats then again obviously played a big role in the extinction of this endemic rodent species. [1]  



[1] A. van der Geer; G. Lyras; J. de Vos; M. Dermitzakis: Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons 2010  


Photo from: ‘G. M. Allen: Fossil Mammals from Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 62: 131-148. 1918’  

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edited: 17.02.2020