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Madagascar Primates In Peril
2012-10-15 14:20:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Madagascar´s isolation has led to the island developing some of the most unique plants and animals – so much so that many ecologists refer to it as the “eighth continent.” Unfortunately, a report titled “Primates in Peril” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has singled-out Madagascar as home to six of the twenty-five most severely threatened primate species living on the...

New Evidence Points To Asia As Source Of Earliest Anthropoid Primates
2012-06-04 14:15:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com The discovery of a new fossilized primate from Myanmar, Afrasia djijidae, illuminates a critical step in the evolution of early primates; according to a scientific paper describing the discovery that appears today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An international research team located four teeth from the 37 million-year-old Afrasia in central Myanmar not far from their 2009 discovery of Ganlea megacania, another fossilized primate that...

Philippine Tarsier Has Bat-Like Pitch
2012-02-08 10:19:09

One of the world´s smallest primates, the Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), has the world´s highest pitched vocalization of any primate ever documented, according to a study published Wednesday. That call, however, is so high-pitched that it is inaudible to human ears. It is a big voice for such a small creature, no bigger than the size of a man´s hand. It shrieks out the vocalization as a warning of danger or a call to dinner. “Tarsiers are among only a...

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2010-03-02 14:10:00

A fossil that was celebrated last year as a possible "missing link" between humans and early primates is actually a forebearer of modern-day lemurs and lorises, according to two papers by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin, Duke University and the University of Chicago. In an article now available online in the Journal of Human Evolution, four scientists present evidence that the 47-million-year-old Darwinius masillae is not a haplorhine primate like humans, apes and monkeys, as...

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2010-02-19 07:05:00

Mankind's closest living relatives -- apes, monkeys, gorillas, and other primates -- are among the world's most endangered species and are on the brink of extinction unless urgent measures are taken to protect them, according to a Thursday report by conservation groups. Researchers from all over the world participated to create the top 25 most endangered primate species list. In all, nearly half of the 634 known primate species are considered to be threatened to some degree, said the...

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2010-01-20 08:53:01

A new model for primate origins is presented in Zoologica Scripta, published by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The paper argues that the distributions of the major primate groups are correlated with Mesozoic tectonic features and that their respective ranges are congruent with each evolving locally from a widespread ancestor on the supercontinent of Pangea about 185 million years ago. Michael Heads, a Research Associate of the Buffalo...

2009-05-18 10:35:48

A University of Michigan professor says the discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil may be from a primate species related to humans, apes and monkeys. Michigan paleontology Professor Philip Gingeric, who also serves as the president-elect of the Paleontological Society of the United States, said the newly discovered fossil also supports the adapid theory of evolution, The Wall Street Journal said Monday. A major ongoing evolutionary debate is focused on whether humans descended from an...

2008-11-18 15:01:34

A group of primates in Indonesia that hasn't been seen alive in 85 years has been rediscovered by a team fromTexas A&M University. The Pygmy Tarsiers, big-eyed, tiny creatures weighing less than 2 ounces, haven't been observed until they were collected for a museum in 1921 and were thought to be extinct until Indonesian scientists accidentally trapped and killed a Pygmy Tarsier in 2000, the university said. The Texas A&M team trapped three of the nocturnal creatures in Indonesia in...

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2008-11-19 14:23:57

Scientists for the first time in 80 years have observed a living pygmy tarsier on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The researchers said on Tuesday they used nets over a two-month period to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers on Mt. Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi"”a fourth one got away. Some scientists believed the tarsiers were extinct. One of the researchers, Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part...

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2008-03-04 00:00:00

A scientist from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has discovered remains of the earliest-known primate to live in North America. The discovery also provides an explanation of how these long-extinct primates were able to reach the continent.The primate, called Teilhardina magnoliana and part of the mammalian group that includes monkeys and apes, survived on berries and insects, and measured just three inches long weighing less than one ounce. After unearthing the primate, paleontologist...


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2008-12-18 20:55:04

The Pygmy Tarsier (Tarsius pumilus), is a nocturnal primate that is found in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is also known as the Mountain Tarsier or Lesser Spectral Tarsier. It was thought to be extinct until 2000, when scientists accidentally killed one while trapping rats. The first Pygmy Tarsiers found alive since the 1920s was in August of 2008 by a research team from Texas A&M University. Three were captured (a fourth one escaped) using nets, and were radio collared to track them....

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2007-06-25 11:00:39

The Horsfield's Tarsier, Tarsius bancanus, is a species of tarsier found in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. These nocturnal animals live in forests and have big eyes to help aid in capture of prey. It is also known as the Western tarsier. It is carnivorous, and nutrition is found mainly in the form of insects, but also small vertebrates. An individual can consume up to 10% of its body fat weight in one day. Western Tarsiers also possess a great sense of hearing and smell. Just one eye...

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2006-12-27 15:48:20

The spectral tarsier (Tarsius tarsier) is less adapted than the Philippine Tarsier or Horsfield's Tarsier. It lacks adhesive toes. It is the type species for the Tarsius genus. It is found in Indonesia, primarily in the lowlands of Sulawesi and on Selayar Island. The Spectral Tarsier has the largest eye to body size ratio of all of the mammals.

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2006-12-27 15:11:40

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta; also known as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayan) is an endangered tarsier species endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the provinces of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao, Philippines. Its geographic range also includes Maripipi Island, Siargao Island, Basilan Island and Dinagat Island. Tarsiers have also been reported in Sarangani, although they may be different subspecies. Morphology...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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