The Lemur: Primitive Primate

December 1998
Monkeyshines on Health & Science;Dec98 Photography, p20
One of the oldest members of the group of primates, which includes monkeys, apes, and humans, is the lemur. Today, wild lemurs are only found on an island called Madagascar and a few nearby islands, all just off the coast of Africa. Lemurs once lived in Africa, Europe, and North America, but other animals hunted them. Since humans arrived in Madagascar about 2,000 years ago, several species of lemur were hunted to extinction for food, while others are endangered today because the forests where they live are being cut down for farmland.


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