Using thermal imaging, Moritz has learned that the aye-aye’s exceptionally long middle finger stays cool when it’s not being used to find food. This helps the aye-aye save energy during its nocturnal hunts for beetle larvae.
“Like any delicate instrument, [the finger] is probably best deactivated when not in use,” Moritz said.
Moritz published her research in the International Journal of Primatology this month, with Associate Professor of Anthropology Nathaniel Dominy as co-author.
Read the full story, published 1/17/12 by BBC Nature.