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Mus Musculus, the common house mouse

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Mice are small rodents, closely related to rats but smaller, with a body length of about 5-9 cm on average and with a tail of about the same length. Several mice figure on the large rock-boulder representing Arjuna's Penance at Mammalapuram, Tamil Nadu (seventh to mid-eighth century). The detail in question illustrates the Story of the Mice. Here, the cat stands in a yogic position just outside the cave where the mice live. Gradually, the mice get used to its presence and trusting its vegetarian life-style, they venture again outside the cave. This is the moment that is captured in the stone relief. The mice are very realistic; they are depicted as cute, well-fed rounded rodents with small ears. One is standing upright, to check what's going on with the cat. The mice are depicted in various postures and positions, and give.

Keywords: common house mouse; Mus Musculus; stone sculpture; Tamil Nadu



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