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Researchers Sequence Endangered Aye-Aye Lemur Genome
2013-03-25 18:40:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of American and Canadian scientists has announced the complete genomic sequencing of three populations of aye-ayes, which is being considered a major victory in the battle to save the unique lemurs. Found only on Madagascar, the aye-aye was recently was classified as "Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). "The aye-aye is one of the world's most unusual and fascinating animals,"...

Lack Of Bushmeat Could Increase Child's Risk Of Anemia
2011-11-23 05:48:20

According to a new study, taking bushmeat out of a child's diet could increase their chances of anemia. The study found that the loss of access to wildlife as a source of food would lead to a 29 percent jump in the number of children suffering from anemia. The researchers said that among children in the poorest households, there would be a three-fold increase in the incidence of anemia.  Anemia in children can impair growth and cognitive development. "When thinking of creating...

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2010-10-12 23:26:30

University of Florida researchers presenting new fossil evidence of an exceptionally well-preserved 55-million-year-old North American mammal have found it shares a common ancestor with rodents and primates, including humans.The study, scheduled to appear in the Oct. 11 online edition of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, describes the cranial anatomy of the extinct mammal, Labidolemur kayi. High resolution CT scans of the specimens allowed researchers to study minute details in...

2010-10-12 16:35:49

University of Florida researchers presenting new fossil evidence of an exceptionally well-preserved 55-million-year-old North American mammal have found it shares a common ancestor with rodents and primates, including humans. The study, scheduled to appear in the Oct. 11 online edition of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, describes the cranial anatomy of the extinct mammal, Labidolemur kayi. High resolution CT scans of the specimens allowed researchers to study minute details in...

2008-09-06 21:00:08

When she was a schoolgirl in South Yorkshire Susie Parkin now smiles at the memory she had "millions of cats" and bred up to 10 guinea pigs at once. Sometimes she saw foxes slinking around the Sheffield suburb of Norton Lees where she lived. During holiday visits to the family caravan at Skirlington on the Holderness coast her parents would take her up to Flamborough to watch birds like puffins and kittiwakes. So far, so ordinary the typical household pets and wildlife of growing up in...

2008-04-19 05:18:30

Brains are good for more than acing exams. Turns out, nerdy noggins also help primates like us live longer, anthropologists say. Scientists have long pondered the reason for humans' and other primates' relatively hefty heads. Elephants boast the biggest brains  by volume of all land animals, but relative to body size, humans hold the brain-size record. "There's got to be a benefit to this big brain, because big brains are really expensive to grow and maintain, energetically...

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2007-01-16 12:00:00

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER LONDON - It isn't often that the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the finger-sized slender loris, and the mountain pygmy possum share the spotlight. But these odd creatures are the focus of a conservation program launched Tuesday to safeguard some of the world's rarest mammals. The Zoological Society of London's program highlights 100 species selected because of the peculiarity of their genetic backgrounds and the degree of danger they face. The species' lack of close...


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Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis
2012-08-03 15:38:35

The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a species of lemur that is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species is the only remaining member in the Daubentonia genus. Its range is slightly fragmented in some areas. It derives its scientific name from Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, a French naturalist, and from the island on which it was first discovered. Aye-ayes prefer a habitat within deciduous forests or rainforests, with most occurring in rainforests, but can inhabit...

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