Cool Science Monday: Rats

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- It's Monday and that means Martin Fisher is back for another edition of "Cool Science Monday."

This week Martin is taking a look at Science Central's two newest rats, Pinky and The Brain. One is reportedly a genius and the other insane.

Rats are in an Order of Mammals called Rodentia, which includes mice. The study of mammals is called mammalogy, and a scientist who studies mammals is called a mammologist. Rats can live in many different types of environments.

Their adaptations, such as good senses of smell/hearing/sight, speed with good balance and climbing abilities, and ability to eat many types of foods, have allowed rats to be successful in natural and human environments.

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