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People actually thought tarsiers were extinct???
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Posted 11/22/08
Looks like Gollum never really died on that mountain after all...
Posted 11/22/08
I think in a werid gismo kind of way they are cute. I think its funny the guy got all excited that he was bitten by one. Hes lucky it doesn't carry anything. Thats how aids got into the world you know. Someone got bit by a monkey that had it. And it transfered over. Scary to think about. ANyways, I think that is awesome those little guys still exist.
Posted 11/26/08
awww they're cute!
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Posted 11/26/08
Seriously?!

But honestly, if I didn't come from the Philippines (where some tarsiers originate), I would have believed they were extinct.
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Posted 11/26/08 , edited 11/26/08

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists for the first time in more than eight decades have observed a living pygmy tarsier, one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates.

Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers -- two males and one female -- on Mt. Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi, the researchers said on Tuesday.

They spotted a fourth one that got away.

The tarsiers, which some scientists believed were extinct, may not have been overly thrilled to be found. One of them chomped Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part in the expedition.

"I'm the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier," Gursky-Doyen said in a telephone interview.

"My assistant was trying to hold him still while I was attaching a radio collar around its neck. It's very hard to hold them because they can turn their heads around 180 degrees. As I'm trying to close the radio collar, he turned his head and nipped my finger. And I yanked it and I was bleeding."

The collars were being attached so the tarsiers' movements could be tracked.

Tarsiers are unusual primates -- the mammalian group that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and people. The handful of tarsier species live on various Asian islands.

As their name indicates, pygmy tarsiers are small -- weighing about 2 ounces (50 grammes). They have large eyes and large ears, and they have been described as looking a bit like one of the creatures in the 1984 Hollywood movie "Gremlins."

They are nocturnal insectivores and are unusual among primates in that they have claws rather than finger nails.

They had not been seen alive by scientists since 1921. In 2000, Indonesian scientists who were trapping rats in the Sulawesi highlands accidentally trapped and killed a pygmy tarsier.

"Until that time, everyone really didn't believe that they existed because people had been going out looking for them for decades and nobody had seen them or heard them," Gursky-Doyen said.

Her group observed the first live pygmy tarsier in August at an elevation of about 6,900 feet.

"Everything was covered in moss and the clouds are right at the top of that mountain. It's always very, very foggy, very, very dense. It's cold up there. When you're one degree from the equator, you expect to be hot. You don't expect to be shivering most of the time. That's what we were doing," she said.

Source.... www.yahoo.com

For the Filipinos out there..... u do know about the tarsiers...... in Bohol.
Well if your'e not a Filipino, I'm gonna inform this to u.
TARSIERS WERE KNOWN IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR A LONG TIME.
They are famous in the province/island of Bohol......
They have about 200 there.....
And for the guy who got bit by the tarsier......
Your'e not the only one....
Tarsiers bite people in Bohol which is a reason why people don't go near them....
People just look at them.....

Just thought I'd say this....



BTW if you bothered to reading it in depth. they're talking about PYGMY TARSIERS, not just normal tarsiers >.>. the difference being that they thought pygmy tarsiers were long extinct and replaced by their modern day cousins aka the tarsiers you were talking about in bohol.
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Posted 11/26/08
i didnt even know what tarsiers were until i saw that picture someone posted LOL.
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Posted 11/26/08
They're cute<3
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Posted 11/26/08 , edited 11/26/08

wellcome wrote:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists for the first time in more than eight decades have observed a living pygmy tarsier, one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates.

Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers -- two males and one female -- on Mt. Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi, the researchers said on Tuesday.

They spotted a fourth one that got away.

The tarsiers, which some scientists believed were extinct, may not have been overly thrilled to be found. One of them chomped Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part in the expedition.

"I'm the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier," Gursky-Doyen said in a telephone interview.

"My assistant was trying to hold him still while I was attaching a radio collar around its neck. It's very hard to hold them because they can turn their heads around 180 degrees. As I'm trying to close the radio collar, he turned his head and nipped my finger. And I yanked it and I was bleeding."

The collars were being attached so the tarsiers' movements could be tracked.

Tarsiers are unusual primates -- the mammalian group that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and people. The handful of tarsier species live on various Asian islands.

As their name indicates, pygmy tarsiers are small -- weighing about 2 ounces (50 grammes). They have large eyes and large ears, and they have been described as looking a bit like one of the creatures in the 1984 Hollywood movie "Gremlins."

They are nocturnal insectivores and are unusual among primates in that they have claws rather than finger nails.

They had not been seen alive by scientists since 1921. In 2000, Indonesian scientists who were trapping rats in the Sulawesi highlands accidentally trapped and killed a pygmy tarsier.

"Until that time, everyone really didn't believe that they existed because people had been going out looking for them for decades and nobody had seen them or heard them," Gursky-Doyen said.

Her group observed the first live pygmy tarsier in August at an elevation of about 6,900 feet.

"Everything was covered in moss and the clouds are right at the top of that mountain. It's always very, very foggy, very, very dense. It's cold up there. When you're one degree from the equator, you expect to be hot. You don't expect to be shivering most of the time. That's what we were doing," she said.

Source.... www.yahoo.com

For the Filipinos out there..... u do know about the tarsiers...... in Bohol.
Well if your'e not a Filipino, I'm gonna inform this to u.
TARSIERS WERE KNOWN IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR A LONG TIME.
They are famous in the province/island of Bohol......
They have about 200 there.....
And for the guy who got bit by the tarsier......
Your'e not the only one....
Tarsiers bite people in Bohol which is a reason why people don't go near them....
People just look at them.....

Just thought I'd say this....



i think you misunderstood the article. it says "pygmy tarsiers". it's just one of the tarsier species, not the tarsier as a whole.
they thought pygmy tarsiers were extinct.

EDIT: ok someone above me have told you that already. XD
Posted 11/26/08 , edited 11/26/08
they're so scary looking >< they remind me of blythe dolls. O_O
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Posted 11/26/08
cute??...those bastrds can rip your fingrs off
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cute??...those bastrds can rip your fingrs off
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