A Primate Species Report on the Lemur Catta and the “Near Threatened” Current Conservation Status History: Evolution History: The history of the Lemur Catta is a mystery due to its primary location being in Madagascar and of a distinct lack of fossil records showing it evolutionary course. However, the theoretical puzzle about their arrival on Madagascar defines a possible rafting scenario in which a group of the primates floated to the island 50-80 millions years ago (Lasky 8-9). In this context, the evolutionary analysis of the Lemur Catta as one of many species evolving from this gradual speciation of the populations. Without an accurate fossil record to found related to Lemur Catta for an evolutionary basis, much of the data found on...The end:
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