We, the Brothers Bleiman, have speculated for years that humans’ closest relative outside of the primate group is the colugo or flying lemur. Turns out we were right!

What up, cuz?

Two scientists, one from Penn State the other from Texas A&M, have recently proven that…

…the colugo group is the closest cousin to the primate group. They did this by comparing indels (major reorganizations of genetic sequences) in over 30 different groups of mammals to the indels of humans. Turns out we share 7 indels with colugos, the most of any other group! Of course the colugos, those cheating bastards, are actually closer themselves to tree shrews than to us, but hey, family is family!

In a different experiment, the scientists compared 13,000 letters of genetic code between the groups, and the results reiterated their original findings.

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Majestic colugo, mid-glide.

Colugos neither fly, nor are they lemurs. They do, however, glide from tree to tree on long swathes of skin that stretch between their arms and legs. They have been described as shy, nocturnal, living only in the forests of South East Asia and “totally into designer shoes and feet, like totally into them” by the scientists who research them. Think that’s gross? I bet you have human cousins into weirder stuff.

Some might wonder how we knew that colugos were humans’ closest relative. Well, it is a little known fact that when Andrew, the older Brother Bleiman, was born, he had a large membrane of skin that extended from his thumbs to his big toes. Only minutes out of the womb, and he was soaring around the operating room like a freaking sugar glider. Nobody believed us, of course, when we told them. But we have blogged about it before.


  1. #1 Darren Naish
    November 1, 2007

    That youtube vi – – err, old blog entry on Andrew’s patagium is really quite disturbing, more so than colugos.

  2. #2 Jenbug
    November 2, 2007

    Wow, I’m not normally disturbed by an animal’s appearance but the light-bulb quality of the creature’s head is unsettling me deeply. But in a good way.

    I always knew I was meant for the skies. Or at least the higher levels of forest canopy.

  3. #3 Suze
    November 2, 2007

    Did you really mean to link to that YouTube video of an overweight kid in pain on a roller-coaster ride? Not funny.

  4. #4 Benny
    November 2, 2007


    Sorry for causing offense with my little prank-o-link. If it’s any consolation to you, that clip is actually from America’s Funniest Home Videos, originally, and as I recall that couple (the gal and the kid)actually won the $10,000 prize for having the best video of the week.

  5. #5 Homie Bear
    November 5, 2007

    Seperated by 70 million years of evolution is not really that close . . . but I want to have a flying winged uncle in my family tree!
    Have you ever heeard of Kenneth Oppel? He writes books about bats. Like Watership Down only chiropters. His most recent book is about the first flying bat.

  6. #6 Julia
    November 7, 2007

    For one mad moment there I thought you said CHIROPRACTORS…

  7. #7 cep telefonu
    November 26, 2008

    cep telefonu hizmetleri Have you ever heeard of Kenneth Oppel?

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