Lemur Biology

  • Ian Tattersall
  • Robert W. Sussman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introductory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Buettner-Janusch, Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman
      Pages 3-11
    3. Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman
      Pages 13-21
  3. Systematics and Evolution

  4. Morphology and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. David Roberts, Isobelle Davidson
      Pages 125-147
  5. Behavior and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. J.-J. Petter, A. Schilling, G. Pariente
      Pages 209-218
    3. Norman Budnitz, Kathryn Dainis
      Pages 219-235

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

adaptation anatomy biology ecology evolution fauna primates systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Tattersall
    • 1
  • Robert W. Sussman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-2121-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-2123-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-2121-7
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