Experts have found the remains of Britain’s earliest rabbit – a discovery which reveals bunnies arrived in the country 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Rabbits are native to Spain and France. It had been thought they were a medieval introduction to Britain, but this fresh discovery has pushed that timing back by more than a millennium.
Radiocarbon dating of the bone, which was unearthed at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex, shows the rabbit was alive in the first century AD.
” This is a tremendously exciting discovery and this very early rabbit is already revealing new insights into the history of the Easter traditions we are all enjoying this week.”
Professor Naomi Sykes, University of Exeter
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