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Conventional wisdom indicates that larger species live longer than smaller ones, but lemurs are on notable exception to that rule, and researchers from Duke University believe that the secrets of their longevity could lead to new insights into the aging process.
By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.
The island of Madagascar harbors a unique biodiversity that evolved due to its long-lasting isolation from other land masses.
Scientists have discovered that two little-known lemurs spend months hibernating as part of an adaptive survival strategy, tripling the total number of primates known to hibernate.
By Karl A. Van Assel World Features Syndicate Unexpected animals that hibernate 1. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs 2. Ladybugs 3. Poorwills 4. Desert tortoises 5. Marmots 6. Some spiders 7. Some butterfly species 8. Some bats (c) 2007 Deseret News (Salt Lake City).
The greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), also known as Geoffroy's dwarf lemur, is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species can be found in northern and eastern regions of the island, preferring a habitat within primary and secondary forests, or arid scrub areas. It is a nocturnal species that rests and sleeps in nests made of twigs, leaves, and grasses or in trees with hollow areas. It was thought that a color variation of the greater dwarf lemur, the greater iron-gray dwarf...
The fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius) is one of the smallest living primates in the world, and is native only to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the western fat-tailed dwarf lemur, the spiny forest dwarf lemur, and the lesser dwarf lemur. During the years of 2000 to 2009, one population of lemurs, known as southern fat-tailed dwarf lemur, was thought to be a separate species. Colin Groves described this species as having many coloration differences from...
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