Was there a guinea pig sitting in the cage of a 16th century classroom? A new archaeological find proves it's possible. The 3rd ever early European guinea pig skeleton has been found in Belgium. Experts believe it was buried like a pet.
The guinea pig likely dates to just after 1532, when Spain conquered Peru. It was thought that the few known medieval gunea pigs were kept as exotic pets for the very rich. The context in which this one was found suggests that they may have spread to the middle class quickly.
Analysis reveals this specimen was born in Europe and was fed table scraps, further supporting that theory.