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How to tell if you’ve found Mr. or Mrs. Right? For lemurs, it’s in their B.O.

October 25, 2019

A study of lemur scents funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted by researchers at Duke University finds that…
Lemurs can smell weakness in each other

July 10, 2018

Some people watch the competition carefully for the slightest signs of weakness. Lemurs, on the other hand, just…
Saving the trees is not enough

July 3, 2018

Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar’s 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new…
Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts

April 13, 2018

“We were able to show clever lemurs — some of our earliest primate relatives — increasing their social…
When Lemur Families Cuddle, They Share Important Gut Bacteria

December 12, 2017

Red-bellied lemurs maintain very close-knit families, with evidence all the way down to their gut bacteria, according to…
Researchers Design Facial Recognition System for Lemurs

February 20, 2017

University of Arizona anthropologist Stacey Tecot has spent 17 years studying red-bellied lemurs in Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park.…
Ring-tailed lemurs of Madagascar: Going, going, gone?

December 22, 2016

The ring-tailed lemur, an iconic primate that is emblematic of the wild and wonderful creatures inhabiting the tropical…
Lemur DNA Paints a Picture of Madagascar’s Forested Past

July 19, 2016

The island nation of Madagascar conjures up images of lush rainforests, massive baobab trees, and a dizzying array…
Lemurs Mix Smelly Secretions to Make Richer, Longer-Lasting Scents

April 21, 2016

Humans aren’t alone in their ability to mix perfumes and colognes. Lemurs, too, get more out of their…
Lemur extinctions ‘orphaned’ some Madagascar plant species

April 13, 2016

The extinction of several species of large lemurs in Madagascar has created isolated “orphaned” plant species that once…
New Way to Detect Human-Animal Diseases Tested in Lemurs

January 27, 2016

Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can’t detect. In a…
Male Hormones Help Lemur Females Rule

May 13, 2015

Lemur girls behave more like the guys, thanks to a little testosterone, according to a new study. Males…
Clues to aging from long-lived lemurs

March 30, 2015

When Jonas the lemur died in January, just five months short of his thirtieth birthday, he was the…
Boy or Girl? Lemur Scents Have the Answer

February 25, 2015

Dozens of pregnancy myths claim to predict whether a mom-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl. Some…
Models Predict Where Lemurs Will Go as Climate Warms

February 19, 2015

Anticipated climate changes in coming decades are likely to leave a lot of Madagascar’s lemurs looking for new…
Nearly 50 years of lemur data now available online

July 25, 2014

A 48-year archive of life history data for the world’s largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates…
Protected areas failing vulnerable species, researchers say

June 25, 2014

Future national park expansion should focus on land that is home to threatened species, rather than on land…
Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

April 16, 2014

Caption: A lemur rubbing on a sweetgum’s trunk leaving a unique trace of scent. Credit: Ipek Kulahc Humans aren’t alone in…
Fruit-loving lemurs score higher on spatial memory tests

February 24, 2014

A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz) Credit: Wikipedia. Food-finding tests in five lemur species show that fruit-eaters may…
Lemur Lovers Sync Their Scents

February 5, 2014

The strength of a lemur couple’s bond is reflected by the similarity of their scents, finds a new…
Lemur babies of older moms less likely to get hurt

December 19, 2013

A long-term study of aggression in lemurs finds that infants born to older mothers are less likely to…
Team finds first evidence of primates regularly sleeping in caves

December 10, 2013

Scientists have discovered that some ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar regularly retire to limestone chambers for their nightly snoozes,…
Clock ticks for Madagascar’s lemurs

October 21, 2013

Immortalised in the hit cartoon “Madagascar”, real-life lemurs face extinction within 20 years short of drastic action to…
Hibernating lemurs hint at the secrets of sleep

September 5, 2013

By studying hibernation, a Duke University team is providing a window into why humans sleep. Observations of a…
Lonely lounging lemurs heed warnings of fellow forest creatures

July 9, 2013

While not the brightest of primates, one species of lemur has shown it can still learn a trick…
Personality Test Finds Some Mouse Lemurs Shy, Others Bold

June 24, 2013

Anyone who has ever owned a pet will tell you that it has a unique personality. Yet only…
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