Nuralagus rex lived in the Late Neogene, which ended about 2.5m years ago, and was 10 times the size of extant rabbits, weighing an estimated average of 12 kg.

Nuralagus rex was the evolutionary result, ... About the same size as the giant rabbits, at 50cm tall (1’8″), Myotragus balearicus was a close relative of modern sheep that had undergone dwarfing on Mallorca since its ancestors’ isolation 5.3 million years ago.

It's an extinct genus of leporid.

Holotype of Nuralagus rex, gen. nov. sp. Nuralagus rex, gen. et sp. Size: 60 cm in length, 30 cm in height, 14 - 20 kg of weight Typical representative : Nuralagus rex Quintana et al., 2011 The Minorcan giant lagomorph, Nuralagus rex, is an extinct rabbit that lived in the island of Minorca from the Messinian until around the middle of the Pliocene, when it became extinct ( 5 to 3 million years ago ). The genus contains the single species N. rex, described in 2011.

The Minorca Giant Rabbit was described in 2011 and is known from abundant skeletal remains. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31 (2): 231–240 - Josep Quintana, Mike Kohler, Salvador Moya-Sola - 2011.

It wasn’t until he discovered the fossil skeleton of Nuralagus rex did he realize that the bone from 1989 also came from a giant rabbit. The team has just announced the discovery of Earth's biggest known rabbit species, an oddly unbunny-like giant dubbed Nuralagus rex—"the Minorcan king of the hares." The species, named Nuralagus rex, lived three to five million years ago, the researchers reported in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The small skull of Nuralagus, which lived on Menorca, suggests dramatic decreases in hearing, sight, and motor-related abilities compared to typical rabbits. Other modern-day rex rabbit breeds are listed below. This massive rabbit, aptly named the Minorcan King of the Rabbits (Nuralagus rex), weighed in at 12 kg (26.4 lbs)! Nura is the ancient Phoenician name for the island of Minorca, and lagos is the Greek word for hare or rabbit. The term rex rabbit (without capitalization) refers informally to one of at least nine breeds of domestic rabbit (or a specimen thereof or similar thereto). Nuralagus rex (Nuralagus Quintana et al., 2011).


Nuralagus rex, weighing in at some 26 pounds—about six times the size of modern rabbits—had largely lost the ability to hop, and had relatively small ears, researchers say. Most outstanding are the gigantic size (average 12 kg), the robust postcranial skeleton with unique morphological traits (short manus and pes with splayed phalanges, … ... one that was once about six times the size … The small skull of Nuralagus, which lived on Menorca, suggests dramatic decreases in hearing, sight, and motor-related abilities compared to typical rabbits. Other modern-day rex rabbit breeds are listed below.

(Nuralagus rex), weighed in at 12 kg (26.4 lbs)! A fossil was found of the bunny, which helped scientists generate this image nov., an endemic insular giant rabbit from the Neogene of Minorca. - approximately ten times the size of its extinct mainland cousin (Alilepus sp.) The bigger size of Nuralagus required some differences in how it supported itself, but the general parallels between it and the Amami rabbit are remarkable.
— approximately ten times the size … - Nuralagus rex, gen. et sp. The small skull of Nuralagus…

Its species name rex is the Latin word for king, which is a reference to this species great size compared to other lagomorphs. Nuralagus rex lived in the Late Neogene, which ended about 2.5m years ago, and was 10 times the size of extant rabbits, weighing an estimated average of 12 kg..

The species, named Nuralagus rex, lived three to five million years ago, the researchers reported in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Nuralagus rex, gen. et sp. Also, awesome blogpost. Without a doubt the best reconstruction of Nuralagus rex I´ve ever saw.

As opposed to Nuralagus rex, extant species of lagomorph which are confined to islands or highly fragmented habitats tend to remain small in body size.