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An Austrian church is the site of an archeological find containing a rodent of unusual....shape. Does a certain famous Disney character have a European ancestor? Eduard Mahlknecht, an art historian, uncovered a fresco containing a rodent with large, round ears. It bears a striking resemblence to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse character. The fresco is from the 14th century CE and was believed to be dedicated to Saint Christopher, patron of travellers.

The original source credited in the article linked from here is a London tabloid, but it has also been reported on TV on CNN.