The Littlest Lemurs

Studies of mouse lemurs may tell us something about our own origins.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 19, 2006

Ziggy is not amused.

The tiny creature has already been trapped in a box and hauled through the rainforest. Some of his hair has been clipped. Now, he crouches on the floor of a cage, while three pairs of human eyes stare at him. One of those pairs is mine.

Crouching in his transparent cage, Ziggy waits for researchers to start their experiment.

Crouching in his transparent cage, Ziggy waits for researchers to start their experiment.

Gabe Keller

"He's so cute!" I say. But wide-eyed Ziggy clearly doesn't feel the same way about me. Still, he stares right back.

Ziggy is a mous...

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