Guest Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose from North Carolina State University joins Matt and Megan to discuss the amazing anatomy of our favorite lemur (and podcast mascot): the aye-aye! A big fan of bizarre primates, Dr. Hartstone-Rose discusses his research journey to the DLC, how he uses living, dead, and really dead (AKA fossil) specimens to answer big questions in primate anatomy, and how he discovered the aye-aye’s extra thumb!
Note: this episode was recorded in May 2022.
Links to learn more about topics from this episode:
- Meet the aye-aye
- The Aye-Aye’s Secret Sixth Finger: the Discovery of a Pseudothumb (video)
- News article on the pseudothumb
- Scientific article on the pseudothumb
- Aye-ayes eating eggs (video)