Latest Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur Stories
By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.
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 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...