Scrat From Ice Age Might Have Been More Realistic Than We Thought

If there is one unsung hero that many of us love from the ‘Ice Age’ movie, it’s Scrat. But not many people watching took his character as seriously as he might have liked. Now, one scientific finding is giving his character more historical legitimacy.

Scrat From Ice Age Might Have Been More Realistic Than We Thought

Making The Find

Dr. Ricardo Martinez was working in Moon Valley in Argentina when he discovered a skull unlike any others in the world. The area is known for its Triassic fossils, and these remains soon had many people thinking of the ‘Ice Age’ movies thanks to its unusual looks.

Spookily Similar

No one ever considered that a sabertooth squirrel could be real – until now. The skull has an extended nose as well as sharp teeth found right at the front of its jaw. It wasn’t long before many researchers believed it looked just like Scrat, even though the films were released years before the discovery.

Plenty Of History

There is a lot of history to the new discovery. The skull is 2.8 inches long, meaning it’s likely the creature was around 10 inches in length. Plus, it probably lived approximately 231 million years ago. However, it wasn’t a mammal, but actually a creature closely related to mammals all those years ago.

Scrat From Ice Age Might Have Been More Realistic Than We Thought

Lots To Learn

There is still plenty to learn about the new discovery. After all, researchers have no idea why it needed such fearsome teeth. It lived before the first flowering plants, so it’s likely the animal lived of smaller animals or insects. However, it could have also used its teeth to fight off any competition.

While there is still plenty to uncover about the animal, the researchers are so amazed at how similar it looks to the ‘Ice Age’ character that they have considered naming it Scrat. For now, they need to search for more specimens before they have any definitive answers.