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Feb. 09, 2009

Microcebus Super-Sleuth

by Guest Blogger

by Meredith Barrett

It seems as though there are new Microcebus species popping up every week...what once had been defined as an eastern and a western species now has been amended to include several species. This has caused some ongoing controversy as scientists debate which species should be considered separate and which should not. But the DNA will tell the tale-- that's why we’re sure to collect small samples of skin to use for genetic analyses. In addition to this data, we're also noting all the variations in color and size that we see in the mouse lemurs. Armed with this combination of information, we hope to figure out the complex mystery that is mouse lemur speciation in Madagascar.

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