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Mtl_zack's avatar

Tomorrow I start studying lemurs. What should I know to impress my boss?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6759points) January 22nd, 2009

Any cool facts about lemurs would be appreciated. I really want to impress this guy because this might make a path for my future.

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willbrawn's avatar

Question. What is your job? Cause seriously if you need to study Lemurs for a career I want to do it too lol.

I would suggest googling “facts about lemurs”

Mtl_zack's avatar

@willbrawn I’m “interning” for a post-doc at McGill university. I’ll be entering data into a computer, from ~60 field journals and doing my own project too. The internship is in quotes because it isn’t official. It’s just for me to get experience in anthropology.

willbrawn's avatar

Sweet, I took Anthropolgy in college. One of my favorite courses.

asmonet's avatar

Yeah, um. Google it.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’m trying to kill time at work so I’m going to throw some Lemur data out there for you just for shits and giggles:

- Lemur: from the Latin word lemures meaning “spirits of the night” or “ghosts”

- Lemurcon is a roughly annual late summer/early fall get-together of lemur enthusiasts at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina.

- Lemur Street is a twenty-episode series focused on two groups of Ring-tailed Lemurs in Madagascar. Released in the United States as Animal Planetâ„¢ series Lemur Kingdom, it features rival groups fighting for land and food to survive.

- Lemurs are primates found naturally only on the island of Madagascar and some smaller surrounding islands, including the Comoros (where they were likely introduced by humans).

LostInParadise's avatar

I don’t know if the aye aye is considered a lemur, but it is similar and a bit of an oddity:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aye-aye

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Duke has a lemur center? That’s cool!

Spouting facts memorized from the internet won’t impress. Asking good questions (intellectual inquisitiveness) will.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Being familiar with the research underway at Duke, since that seems to be a leading research center on the subject, would set a base for having intellectual curiosity. Have you decided on your focus? Where do the information gaps in understanding lemurs lie? Recognizing what you don’t know, and the importance of learning it, is most important.

syz's avatar

I agree that Duke is going to be a great resource for you. While they have scaled back in recent years, they are still a major source of research (I drive by the outdoor enclosures every day on my way into work).

flameboi's avatar

when you see a lemur scream “what the hell is that!!!!!!!” laugh and then say, sorry, I’m kidding :P

brownlemur's avatar

Shoot me a PM, I’ll tell you what you need to know.

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