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The Mysterious Brain of the Fat-Tailed Dwarf Lemur, the World’s Only Hibernating Primate

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In the 18th century Carl Linnaeus named them lemurs, after the Latin lemures—spirits of the dead, wandering ghosts. He knew the primates roamed Madagascar’s forests at night, their large eyes brimming with moonlight, their shrill cries crashing through the treetops. One of the smallest lemurs on the island, the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, resembled a phantom [...]

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Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur is Cuddly and New


Look at this soft, fluffy bundle of newness. This little man is the Lavasoa dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), a newly described species of dwarf lemur from southern Madagascar. The first Lavasoa dwarf lemur was picked up during an expedition in the Lavasoa Mountains region of Madagascar in 2001, but ever since it’s been wrongly assigned [...]

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