Definition of tarsier
: any of a genus (Tarsius of the family Tarsiidae) of small chiefly nocturnal and arboreal carnivorous primates of the Malay Archipelago that have large round eyes, long legs, and a long nearly hairless tail
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A trek through the sanctuary will reward travelers with a glimpse of these quirky animals without disturbing them, thanks to expert tarsier spotters who know their habits.
Because its peepers are too big to rotate in their sockets, the tarsier rotates its entire head, similar to the owl—the only primate that can turn its head 360 degrees.
Overall, the majority of tarsier species are now endangered or threatened, and some are designated critically endangered, according to Endangered Species International.
Hence anthropoid primates probably evolved from a tarsier-like ancestor over 40 million years ago.
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Origin and Etymology of tarsier
French, from tarse tarsus, from New Latin tarsus
First Known Use: circa 1774See Words from the same year
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