Re: Bipedal Lemur
Harry Erwin (email@example.com)
Mon, 14 Aug 1995 21:40:01 -0400
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, David@kentroad.demon.co.uk
> I have just seen a program on BBC television (about the Rift in Africa)
> which shows a large lemur in Madagascar bounding along upright on two
> feet. These lemurs apparently stand upright on branches. Does anyone
> know which species of lemur it was?
Doesn't much matter--most lemurs are 'vertical clingers and leapers' and
are hence bipedal. This has been the case since the eocene, when Cantius
(the earliest Adapid) was in that category.
> Could this be an indication of how Apiths first ventured out of the
Not quite. Our adaptations are more those of a brachiator. Their tail is
used by lemurs in controlling their leaps.
> Any thoughts, Elaine?
> -- David Chan
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