In the interglacial periods of the last 2.5 million years, strange animals lived for short periods of time, before dying out when the next glacial period, or Ice Age, occurred. These animals are only known because of the fossil record they have left.

One such animal that palaeontologists have recently discovered in East Anglia is The Nutter Rabbit. This animal is so called because of its prominent forehead, large front teeth, and sharp projections on its feet, indicating the presence of long claws. This animal was around twice the size of a domestic rabbit and had very short fur. It was not at all fluffy and damage to the front part of the animal’s skull in a large number of their skeletons indicates a propensity for butting. It’s believed these rabbits would have died out once the glaciers returned and all the vegetation of the area was killed off by the cold temperatures.

This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided