International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 937–940 | Cite as

Why Tarsiers? Why Now? An Introduction to the Special Edition on Tarsiers

Introduction to the Special Edition on Tarsiers
  • Myron Shekelle
  • Sharon Gursky

The scientists studying tarsiers come from many different fields, use a variety of methods, and all too often publish in different journals. Though most are primatologists, they approach the study of tarsiers from the distinct perspective of their own disciplines. Rarely do they appreciate, or even cite, the studies of tarsiers from different disciplines that affect their own work. It is our hope that by gathering these articles together and publishing them in one issue, we will generate greater communication among scientists working with tarsiers and a more holistic approach to the study of tarsier biology. At the same time, we hope to expose the broader community of primatologists to the direction and scope of current research programs on tarsiers, and thereby breathe color and vibrancy into the monochromatic paradigm in the textbooks of nocturnal, small-bodied, insectivorous, vertical clinging and leaping primates, that show a mix of strepsirrhine and anthropoid traits. Though...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology & Museum of Vertebrate BiologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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