Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Daubentoniidae

Prosimian family to which the ayeayes belong. The only extant aye-aye is Daubentonia madagascariensis, which exists at such low numbers that it is, below its minimum viable population size and, to all intents and purposes, extinct. There is evidence that a second species, D. robustus, existed in the past. Only postcrania have been recovered from this subfossil second species, but the bones suggest it was from two to five times larger than D. madagascariensis. Molecular evidence suggests this group has affinities with the indriids.

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