Scientists believe these rabbits were hunters, who searched for the vegetables of the interglacial periods and dug them up with their front paws. They would also have been able to strip bark from trees and perhaps even climb those trees to look for items to eat. Indeed, it’s entirely possible these rabbits lived in the trees as their claws would have been strong enough to support their body weight on long climbs up the trunks of trees.

Where these rabbits would have been completely different to their modern equivalents, was their ability to defend themselves. These Nutter Rabbits would have head-butted any potential attacker with quite a force and their extremely sharp claws would have drawn blood easily.

This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided