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Aye-aye – Critter Science
Imagine that you’re a nocturnal prosimian primate in Madagascar some odd thousands of years ago. You’ve made a living eating insects under the bark of trees using powerful teeth to chew your way to your prey. There are no woodpeckers living on this giant island, thus many trees contain pre-packaged boreholes filled with tasty grubs. You can get to the grubs, but it requires some trial and error and alot of wasted gnawing energy. Luckily some of your offspring are even better at finding the tree grubs, and even more adept at getting the little insects out of the holes. Generations pass, and before you know it, your descendants have become masters of the art of tree grub prospecting. You see, the Aye-Aye has become so adept at finding insects in trees because of one singularly peculiar adaptation: it’s third finger has become a skeletally thin and extraordinarily long hollow-space-detecting, …
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