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19 November 2008, JellyBean @ 9:27 am

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists have found proof that a primate, thought to be long extinct, is in fact still around.

The tarsiers were believed to have vanished over eight decades ago, but scientists trapped three of these furry mouse sized primates over a two month period in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi. Another of these tiny creatures managed to elude capture.

Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part in the expedition got closer to the tarsiers than she would have liked when one of them managed to bite her on her finger.

“I’m the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier,” Gshe said in a telephone interview.

Yahoo News: Tiny, long-lost primate rediscovered in Indonesia


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