Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Dormitory

Term used by some primatologists in reference to sleeping groups that form during the day among the small Malagasy prosimians and the African bushbabies; usually all female, although there are male visitors. Dormitories may be either a leaf nest or a hole in a tree. These animals often sleep together in a ball, which helps to conserve body heat (see thermoregulation).

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