Science: Cousin from Mindanao

The U.S. may soon get a look at one of man's oddest cousins: a hopping, nocturnal, long-tailed-creature called a tarsier. Zoologists are fascinated by tarsiers, which are classed as primates, primitive members of man's own family. But up to now, the tarsier has been admired from afar: there are none in U.S. captivity.

When the war ended, two jungle-trotting G.I.s decided to stay in the Philippines and go tarsier trapping. Captain Harry Hoogstraal made a deal with Chicago's Natural History Museum, and Charles Wharton signed up the Washington Zoo. Then they set off into the jungle country of southern Mindanao, where tarsiers...

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