Relationships among the Malagasy Lemurs

The Craniodental Evidence
  • Ian Tattersall
  • Jeffrey H. Schwartz


It has been very pertinently remarked by Charles-Dominique and Martin (1970) that comparisons of the Malagasy prosimians with other primates have generally been restricted to Lemur, or, more rarely, to other members of Lemurinae. Lemur has, in fact, become the stereotype of the group which, for no better reason than its restriction to Madagascar, has been regarded as the result of a single adaptive radiation; this supposition has, in turn, apparently discouraged the performance of an overall comparative analysis of the lemurs. Even those recent publications (e.g., Charles-Dominique and Martin, 1970; Tattersall, 1973a,b), which have hinted that the lemurs might form a less homogeneous group than traditionally supposed, have done little more than merely to make the suggestion.


Sister Group Neural Crest Cell Mandibular Angle Facial Skeleton Medial Orbital Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Tattersall
    • 1
  • Jeffrey H. Schwartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe American Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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