Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tiny, long last primate rediscovered in Indonesia

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of sulawesi, scientists for the first time in more than eight decades have observed a living pygmy tarsier, one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates. Scientists have trapped three furry, mouse sized pygmy tarsiers- two males and one female.Tarsiers are unusual primates - the mammalian group that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and people. They are nocturnal and unusually have claws instead of finger nails. The handful of tarsier species live on various Asian islands.

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