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2007-04-03 11:57:42

BEAUMONT, Texas -- A team of anthropologists said their study of South Texas fossil deposits revealed evidence including ancient teeth that shows the area was home to numerous types of primates 42 million years ago. Lamar University Professor Jim Westgate and two colleagues announced the discovery of three new genera and four new species of primates based on their examination of material removed from Lake Casa Blanca International State Park near Laredo and the Mexican border. Westgate said...


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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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