This giant, leaf-eating lemur was the size of a human with the feet of a koala

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One of the largest lemurs that ever lived was a hefty animal that weighed about as much as an adult human. Turns out, the behemoth attained its enormous size by eating leaves, according to an analysis of its genome. 

Koala lemurs (Megaladapis edwardsi) measured up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and weighed about 187 pounds (85 kilograms), and were one of at least 17 giant lemur species that once lived on Madagascar. But as ancient DNA typically doesn’t preserve well in tropical and sub-tropical climates, very little genetic information about these massive, extinct lemurs has survived to the present. 

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