Amateur archaeologists had big ears: in 2014, a family of Cornish rabbits made a major discovery. These were carved stones from the Neolithic era but also a Bronze Age cemetery and an Iron Age fort, remnants of up to 8,000 years in the past, and which have made the delight of local archaeologists, the real ones. These british bunnies are not the only lagomorphs to have contributed to the search for ancient traces. Some of their congeners have, in March 2021, gone back even further in time. On the Welsh island of Skokholmoff the coast of Pembrokeshire, it is a Mesolithic tool (9,000 years old) and a 3,700-year-old fragment of pottery that they unearthed, drawing the attention of professionals to the early occupation of the island, which hosts a hunter-gatherer site covered by a Bronze Age burial mound.
Of course, rabbits are not commonly used as digging aids, but this amusing example illustrates an undeniable fact: nature can do us unexpected favors in unpredictable circumstances. Had the Cornish rabbits been exterminated, these relics of a distant past would probably have remained buried and our knowledge of the history of the place diminished.
European antiquity not necessarily being a shared passion, we must here realize that the animal and plant world, from elephants to microbes, is
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