© 2007


Ecology and Adaptation

  • Lisa Gould
  • Michelle L. Sauther

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Lemur Origins, History of Ecological Studies on Lemurs, and the Ecology of the Recently Extinct (Subfossil) Lemurs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alison Jolly, R. W. Sussman
      Pages 19-39
    3. Laurie R. Godfrey, William L. Jungers, Gary T. Schwartz
      Pages 41-64
  3. The Evolution of Lemur Traits, Basic and Unusual Patterns

  4. Connecting Ecology and Adaptation: Summaries and New Studies

About this book


In this comprehensive volume, written by experts in the field, information gathered on lemur ecology and adaptation over the past 15 years is presented by both seasoned and newer lemur researchers, and provides us with further knowledge concerning both well-studied and rarely studied extant species, as well as insights into the ecology and adaptation of some of the recently extinct lemurs. With the dramatic increase in behavioral and ecological studies on a great variety of lemur species in the past few decades, our knowledge concerning the adaptation of these charming primates to Madagascar's unpredictable and sometimes harsh environmental conditions has improved significantly. Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation will be a useful and fascinating source book for researchers and students of primate ecology.


Adaptation Evolution behavior behavioral ecology ecology environment primate behavior primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Gould
    • 1
  • Michelle L. Sauther
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Gould and Sauther provide a broad update on a variety of lemurs … . Gould and Sauther’s volume is organized into 4 sections. … I appreciated that most chapters go beyond social behavior and ecology to integrate a wide range of phylogenetic, physiological and morphological data to the question of lemur adaptations. … are excellent resources as overviews and introductions to their topics. Persons who work on any lemur taxon will want to own Lemurs, Ecology and Adaptation … ." (Leanne T. Nash, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 28, 2007)

"Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation, edited by Lisa Gould and Michelle Sauther, represents a compilation of 20 chapters by 29 contributors who have conducted field work in Madagascar. … The book is divided into four sections covering lemur origins and ecology, the evolution of lemur traits, ecology and adaptation, and lemur adaptations to changing environments. … I heartily recommend this up-to-date volume to any professional behavioral ecologist or graduate student interested in the primates of Madagascar." (Diane K. Brockman, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 15, 2008)

"Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation sets out to provide a single source of information from a wealth of lemur research collected during the last fifteen years. … Serious lemur researchers will find this book to be a useful and informative resource, whilst students will find it to be a good introduction to – and overview of – lemur studies." (Kara Moses, Primate Eye, February, 2009)