Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tarsier – Tiny “Primitive” Furball with Advanced Features

A spectral tarsier (Tarsius tarsier). Image courtesy of Sakurai Midori, Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

It is a tiny fur ball and it looks cute. The spectral tarsier is a mere 9 centimetres (3.5 inches) tall nocturnal animal living in Sulawesi, Indonesia, but it can jump six metres (almost 20 feet).

Compared to its size, its eyeballs are huge (16 millimetres or 0.6 inches) in diameter. Like an owl, it can rotate its head 180 degrees. It communicates in ultrasound with other spectral tarsiers.

According to New Scientist, “they might be primitive on the primate family tree, but they are still pretty cool.”

The tarsier’s advanced features are evidence of intelligent design. Blind Darwinian processes are not able to create such sophistication.


Hooper, Rowan. 2014. Cute but deadly furball launches death attack. New Scientist (18 March).