The giant aye-aye Daubentonia robusta.


Journal Article

Subfossils of a giant form of aye-aye are found at scattered sites in the south and southwest of the island of Madagascar, outside the known distribution of the living, or common, aye-aye. The subfossil aye-aye, named Daubentonia robusta, has massive, robust limb bones implying a species with a body weight 2.5-5 times as great as that of the living species. A mystery exists regarding how a species this large with the same specializations of teeth and manus as the living species could have existed in a xeric environment.

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Cited Authors

  • Simons, EL

Published Date

  • January 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 14 - 21

PubMed ID

  • 7721200

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7721200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1421-9980

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0015-5713

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1159/000156759


  • eng