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Evol Anthropol. 2014 Sep-Oct;23(5):177-87. doi: 10.1002/evan.21425.

Extreme primates: Ecology and evolution of Asian lorises.

Abstract

Asia's slow and slender lorises (Nycticebus and Loris) are among nature's most extreme primates. Until recently, it was not understood why lorises have such huge forward-facing eyes, strange steady climbing locomotion, tiny dependent babies, and a bite that potentially can kill a human! Indeed, early studies described them as slow, solitary, and boring. Twenty years of field research now indicate that lorises are among the most intriguing mammal species.

KEYWORDS:

Loris; Nycticebus; primate evolution; venomous mammal

PMID:
25347976
DOI:
10.1002/evan.21425
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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