VIDEO: What mouse lemurs can teach us about the aging brain

Like humans, mouse lemurs sometimes develop amyloid brain plaques and other Alzheimer’s-like symptoms as they age. Because mouse lemurs are primates, they are a closer genetic match to humans than mice or rats are. The Duke Lemur Center’s non-invasive research on these tiny primate cousins could help explain the initial stages of Alzheimer’s and other […]

Gregg Gunnell, Director of the Division of Fossil Primates, Dies at 63

By Robin A. Smith DURHAM, N.C. — Gregg Gunnell, 63, a Duke University paleontologist who oversaw a collection of more than 30,000 fossils from around the world, died Wednesday, September 20 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. Gunnell died while undergoing treatment for lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with less than a month before his […]

Infant Announcement: Rare Aye-Aye Born at Duke Lemur Center

By Sara Clark The Duke Lemur Center recently welcomed another newborn — a rare baby aye-aye. Named after best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie, the infant is the first aye-aye born at the Duke Lemur Center in six years, and one of only 24 of her kind in the United States. Third-time mom Medusa gave birth […]

Duke Receives Two Critically Endangered Lemurs from Madagascar

By Sara Clark DURHAM, N.C. — After three years of planning and 60 hours of travel, a new pair of lemurs have arrived at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina, 9,000 miles from their home in Madagascar. The breeding pair will be used to improve the gene pool of captive members of the critically […]