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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

… typically weighing about 1 pound. The nocturnal creature lives in trees and, unlike other primates, it can’t leap. Its diet includes tree gum, insects, and fruit. The scientists studied the animal’s body temperature in the fall, winter and spring in Vietnam. They found that the creature engaged in episodes of hibernation between December and February that lasted up to 63 hours each. The researchers suspect both an internal clock mechanism that kicks in during seasons of food scarcity …

Bat with record-breaking tongue found in the Bolivian jungle – The Washington Post

By Rachel Feltman | August 21, 2015 The tube-lipped nectar bat isn’t a new species — it was discovered in 2005. But since its discovery in Ecuador, the bat — which, with a tongue 150 percent the size of its body, breaks the record for the longest relative tongue on a mammal — has only been found a handful of times. [Hummingbird tongues are way weirder than we thought] And now the bat has been identified in a new location: Bolivia’s Madidi National Park. The …

The role of species competition in biodiversity

… from around 40 million years ago to the present; theorizing that competition from other species was a factor driving extinction rates, they also compiled data for five additional carnivore families including cats, bear dogs, false saber-tooth cats, and bears. They developed an analytical framework to invesigate whether speciation and extinction rates responded to evolution of body mass—a good approximation of diet for canids. The authors suggest that body size can indirectly correlate with …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

… History and has detailed his findings in a paper published in PLOS One. In it, he notes that his find could help science predict how species, both animal and plant, would react to future climate change, as it adds to a growing body of evidence that what are currently tropical species used to live at mid and high latitudes in the northern hemisphere during periods when the climate there was warmer and more humid. The 2-foot-long lizard discovered by Conrad is the first new tropical species found …

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