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Aye-aye

An Obsession with Oddity: Sir Richard Owen and the Aye-Aye

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Learn more about aye-ayes, unusual mammals with "continuously growing front teeth, batlike ears, a foxlike tail, abdominal mammary glands, claws on most digits, and spindly, dexterous middle fingers," in an essay excerpted from Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2012).

Tags: Mammals, Natural Histories

Archicebus achilles

Researchers Discover Oldest Primate Fossil Skeleton on Record

Research posts

The world’s oldest known fossil primate skeleton is from an animal that lived about 55 million years ago and was even smaller than today’s smallest primate, the pygmy mouse lemur. The new specimen, named Archicebus achilles, was unearthed from an ancient lake bed in central China and is described by an international team of researchers today in the journal Nature.

Tags: Mammals, Our Research, Paleontology

Sperm whale

Sperm Whales' Amazing Adaptations

On Exhibit posts

Fifty-five million years ago, a group of hoofed mammals began a slow move from shore to sea, in time evolving a set of extraordinary features to thrive in their new environment. Today’s whales share many anatomical traits with other mammals, but the unique adaptations of species such as sperm whales illustrate how organisms can transform over time as they carve out their place on the planet.

Tags: Exhibitions, Mammals, Whales

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