Interpreting the paleopathology of Darwinius masillae: A reply to Franzen et al. 2013
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We strongly disagree with their characterisation of the lemur injuries we describe in Sauther and Cuozzo (2012) as “minor”.
KeywordsFemoral Shaft Fracture Lemur Catta Ancient Lake Wrist Injury Extant Primate
We thank the additional veterinarians and veterinary students who have worked with us in Madagascar since 2003. We also thank the many students, and international and local Malagasy field assistants who have contributed to our project. All work in Madagascar was conducted with IACUC approval from the University of Colorado and/or the University of North Dakota, and with permission of the appropriate governing bodies in Madagascar. Support for our work in Madagascar since 2003 comes from the University of North Dakota (SSAC, Faculty Seed Money Award, Arts, Sciences and Humanities Award), ND EPSCoR, Primate Conservation Inc., The International Primatological Society, The St. Louis Zoo (FRC 06–1), The University of Colorado-Boulder, The National Geographic Society, the American Society of Primatologists, The Lindbergh Fund, and the US National Science Foundation (BCS 0922465).
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