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of only eighty-two.
Both the aye-aye-aye (intermembral
index 70) and the aye-aye (intermembral index 71) typically employ a form
of modified quadrupedal locomotion, but the former has a large, additional
component of climbing and falling. They have often been observed
plummeting downward through the leaves in a seemingly-purposeful fashion,
arresting their fall at the last possible second by extending their long,
slender, wirelike third digits and grasping a narrow branch. Several primatologists
have sustained heart irregularities while watching this behavior.
a greatly reduced dentition, having a dental formula of 1-0-1-3/1-0-0-3.
Daubentonia on the other hand has a dental formula of 1-0-1-3/1-0-0-3.
The morphological specializations and dentition of the aye-aye-aye seem
admirably suited to its dietary needs, which are satisfied generally by
larvae and grubs. In comparison, the aye-aye subsists mostly on
grubs and larvae. Both of these queer-looking and unrelated primates
have gigantic, batlike ears, sharp, rodentlike incisors that continue
growing throughout the animal's lifetime, lemuroid auditory bullae, globular
braincases, shaggy fur, clawed digits, and bushy tails. Like the
aye-aye, the aye-aye-aye occupies the approximate ecological niche of
a woodpecker, using its long, skeletal third finger in place of the woodpecker's
The aye-aye-aye bears
a striking but completely coincidental resemblance to the aye-aye in that
it has a grooming claw on the second digit of the foot and a flat nail
on the hallux, facial vibrissae, a post-orbital bar in the skull, a well-developed
nasal rhinarium, a pair of inguinal mammae, a reflecting tapetum lucidum,
and a bicornuate uterus.
But these are just a few
examples of coincidence, or convergent evolution, or something. And
really, there is absolutely no relationship between the aye-aye-aye and
the aye-aye. Really, there isn't. No, there isn't! Isn't
either!! Isn't isn't isn't!!!