New York's rat population has genetically diverged into "uptown" and "downtown" subspecies


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/30/the-rats-of-new-york.html


#2

Not surprising. The rats living in or near the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork have diverged from normal rat populations due to the strength of the magical fields generated in the vicinity, so we’ve seen this kind of thing before.


#3

And that’s not even counting the “Sensei” breed of the Upper East Side.


#4

This is a really excellent book about the ecosystem of rats in NYC and other big cities.
https://www.amazon.com/Rats-Observations-History-Unwanted-Inhabitants/dp/1582344779


#5

And another anthropomorphic rat movie will be along shortly.


#6

Brilliant cover design. (I love map art)

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Edit: There should really be a DC edition.


#7

But where do the rats of wall street fit in this scheme?


#8

Time to update that Billie Joel song.


#9

Is this about actual rats? or we talking something else?


#10

Wonder how divergent the Brooklyn rats are?


#11

As a data point, the mice in Times Square are now cohabitating with crickets, cats, and dogs.


#12

My first thought…

Uptown rat,
She will steal your food and kill your cat
I bet she’s never met the downtown type
Either way you should fear for your life…


#13

Isn’t this the plot to The Warriors?


#14

Don’t forget about Boomtown Rats.


#15

I’m gonna try for an uptown mouse
She’s been living in her white bread house
As long as anyone with a hot blood cat
And now she’s looking for a downtown rat
That’s where I’m at


#16

Isn’t that just duck… ratty!


#17

I don’t see as many rats in the trackbeds as I used to 10 years ago. And the ones I do see are younger.

Just my zoological observation.


#18

Damn snooty uptown rats think they are better than everyone else


#19

Midtown rats feel dissed.


#20

Makes sense to me! I always noticed the downtown rats around NYU were very artsy-hipsterish, while the uptown rats near Columbia were of the nerdy-scholastic sort.