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The Largest Rodent of All: The Giant Beaver



The Largest Rodent of All: The Giant Beaver

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    demise, dated, indicate, peat, extinction, outer, chisel-like, assume, loss, evidence, longer, cutting, several, similar, between, hundred
     content words:    North America, Ice Age


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The Largest Rodent of All: The Giant Beaver
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     One of the largest rodents that ever lived was the giant beaver. Its fossils suggest it was about the size of today's black bear. Giant beavers lived in North America through the last Ice Age. They were believed to be over eight feet long and weigh between two and four hundred pounds.
 
2     Fossils indicate the giant beaver looked similar to the beaver of today, only several times larger. The giant beaver had very large hind feet, which scientists assume were webbed. Its tail appeared to be longer and narrower in size compared to today's beaver.

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