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Two New Species: Mouse Lemur Lookalikes

(Credit: Photo courtesy of Peter Kappeler)

Scientists have identified two new species of mouse lemur, the saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primates native to the African island of Madagascar.

Mouse lemurs have lived in Madagascar for 7 to million years.  But since humans arrived on the island some 2,500 years ago, logging and slash and burn agriculture have taken their toll on the forests where these tree-dwelling primates live.

Only 10 percent of Madagascar’s original forests remain today, which makes lemurs the most endangered mammals in the world according to the IUCN.

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