Total Energy Expenditure and Body Composition in Two Free-Living Sympatric Lemurs

  title={Total Energy Expenditure and Body Composition in Two Free-Living Sympatric Lemurs},
  author={Bruno Simmen and Françoise Bayart and Hanta Rasamimanana and Alexandre Zahariev and St{\'e}phane Blanc and Patrick Pasquet},
  booktitle={PloS one},
BACKGROUND Evolutionary theories that account for the unusual socio-ecological traits and life history features of group-living prosimians, compared with other primates, predict behavioral and physiological mechanisms to conserve energy. Low energy output and possible fattening mechanisms are expected, as either an adaptive response to drastic seasonal fluctuations of food supplies in Madagascar, or persisting traits from previously nocturnal hypometabolic ancestors. Free ranging ring-tailed… CONTINUE READING
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