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Flying Lemurs Are the Closest Relatives of Primates
November 1, 2007
Animals that resemble furry kites as they glide on sheets of skin comprise a little-known group that is more closely related to primates--including humans--than to any other group of living mammals. The new research reveals the need for specific species-conservation and habitat-conservation efforts in southeast Asia and for the rapid development of a draft genome of one of the two species in this little-known grouping, nicknamed "flying lemurs."
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