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The study focused on the Malayan colugo, an animal the size of a cat commonly called a flying lemur - even though it is not a true lemur, nor does it technically fly.
On the basis of recent research, scientists suspected that a common ancestor that lived long ago eventually developed into colugos, primates, and a type of animal called the tree shrew.
Colugo DNA changed later, making these little gliders our closest cousins outside of the primate family.
This study examines how bat humeral and femoral structural properties differ from those of small-bodied primates, colugos, and sciurids.
With one species native to the Philippines and the other to Southeast Asia, colugos can stretch out a membrane that lets them leap off trees and glide some 70 meters.