Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Avahi Jourdain, 1834

Prosimian genus to which the woolly lemur(s) belong; may contain one or two species. Inhabits forests of eastern and northwestern Madagascar; nocturnal; arboreal; primary locomotion is leaping; body mass ranges between 600 and 1000 g. Dental formula in dispute, either 2.1.2.3/ 2.0.2.3 or 2.1.2.3/1.1.2.3. Proponents of both formulae agree there are 30 teeth and that there are only 4 teeth in the dental comb. Folivorous; digestive adaptations include enlarged salivary glands and rudimentary sacculated stomach. Live in monogamous groups.

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