Lemur Hibernation May Hold Clues to Longer Life
When fat-tailed dwarf lemurs hit the hibernate button, they increase their overall longevity.
So suggests a new study by Duke University researchers, who reviewed more than half-a-century’s worth of medical records on hundreds of dwarf lemurs and three other lemur species that either do not hibernate or do so only opportunistically.
The researchers found that the longer the animals spent in hibernation the longer they tended to live, and the slower typical aging symptoms presented themselves.
In fact, the team found, the hibernating lemurs lived as much as 10 years longer than other lemur species that did not hibernate.