Lemur Biology

Editors: Tattersall, Ian (Ed.)

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The volume of studies on prosimian primates has, until recently, tended to lag well behind that of studies on the higher primates. This is so despite the fact that the considerable intrinsic interest of the living prosimians and the signifi­ cance of their stuQ,y for our understanding of the earlier stages of primate evolution have long been acknowledged by zoologists, paleontologists, and anthropologists alike. Among the prosimians, the Malagasy lemurs are of profound interest not only because they include the only extant diurnal forms, but also because it is only on Madagascar that the absence of competition with higher primates has allowed a surviving prosimian fauna to radiate, es­ sentially unrestricted, into a broad spectrum of ecological zones. In contrast, the few extant prosimians of Africa and Asia occupy a relatively narrow range of "refuge" niches; although of considerable interest in themselves, they do not show the richness and variety of adaptation which make the Malagasy prosimian fauna such a fascinating object of study. Over the past few years, however, there has been a considerable resur­ gence of interest in the prosimians in general, and in the lemurs in particular. The range of studies resulting from this rekindling of interest is wide, compre­ hending the systematics, evolution, anatomy, behavior, and ecology of these forms. This volume constitutes a progress report on our knowledge of the le­ murs.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • History of Study of the Malagasy Lemurs, with Notes on Major Museum Collections

    Buettner-Janusch, John (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • Notes on Topography, Climate, and Vegetation of Madagascar

    Tattersall, Ian (et al.)

    Pages 13-21

  • The Significance of Chromosomal Studies in the Systematics of the Malagasy Lemurs

    Rumpler, Yves

    Pages 25-40

  • Development and Eruption of the Premolar Region of Prosimians and Its Bearing on Their Evolution

    Schwartz, Jeffrey H.

    Pages 41-63

  • Dentition of Adapis parisiensis and the Evolution of Lemuriform Primates

    Gingerich, Philip D.

    Pages 65-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lemur Biology
Editors
  • Ian Tattersall
Copyright
1975
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-2121-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-2121-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-2123-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 366
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