This absurdly adorable mouse lemur lets scientists travel back in time

While there’s no question that human activities such as logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have dramatically altered Madagascar’s forests since the first settlers arrived about 2000 years ago, just how much of the island was forested before people got there remains a matter of debate. Now, a DNA study of tree-dwelling mouse lemurs suggests that humans did not arrive to find the island as blanketed by forests as frequently assumed.
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This absurdly adorable mouse lemur lets scientists travel back in time

The creature’s DNA allowed scientists a glimpse at the terrain of ancient Madagascar.

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