Science: Lost And Found

A rare primate is rediscovered

For Bernhard Meier, a quest through Madagascar's leech-infested rain forests ended with blood poisoning, malaria, an injured knee -- and glorious success. A primatologist at Ruhr University in Bochum, West Germany, Meier had been tracking the hairy-eared dwarf lemur, the world's second smallest primate, which scientists had never seen alive. Last week he revealed that he had captured and photographed one of the mouse-size creatures.

Lemurs, which are found only in Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands, are of great interest because they are thought to resemble the common ancestor of man, monkeys and apes that lived 50 million years ago....

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