Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Animal Wonders of Evolution- 1

Wired takes a tour of their favourite EDGE (EDGE of Existence) animals.

Siau Island Tarsier

Siau Island Tarsier

After receiving Critically Endangered status from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in June, the recently discovered Siau Island tarsier is expected to become an official EDGE animal.
The modern descendants of a lineage that can be traced to the dawn of modern mammals, tarsiers are the smallest known primates. Adapted for hunting insects and other invertebrates in nighttime forests, their heads can rotate almost 360 degrees, and their eyes can outweigh their brains.
Image: Geoff Deehan

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