Fat-tailed dwarf lemur offer clues to aging

March 30, 2015 9:55 PM

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Fat-tailed dwarf lemur offer clues to aging

Very few small mammals make it past the single-digit birthdays. Lab mice rarely live to be three. Small animal species, in general, live much shorter lives than their large-bodied relatives. Humans, the Galapagos tortoise and several types of whales can live 100-plus years.

There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur is one of those exceptions, capable of living to nearly 30 years old -- three to four times the lifespan of its miniature-sized peers.

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