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Our Bug-Eating Ancestors Revealed

News   May 17, 2018 | Original Press Release from UC Berkeley

 
Our Bug-Eating Ancestors Revealed

A spectral tarsier (Tarsius tarsier) feeding on a grasshopper in Tangkoko National Park, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tarsiers have five chitinase genes to digest the high amount of chitin in their insectivorous diet, which likely represents the ancestral condition of all placental animals, including humans. (Photo copyright Quentin Martinez)

 
 
 

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