Strepsirhine Basicranial Structures and the Affinities of the Cheirogaleidae

  • Matt Cartmill


With a few exceptions, students of primate evolution have always agreed that the Madagascar lemurs are more closely related to the lorises and galagos than any other living primates. During the 19th century, all these strepsirhine prosimians were usually lumped together as “lemurs,” and some workers (e.g., Gray, 1870; Forbes, 1896) erected subfamilies and tribes that mixed Malagasy and African prosimians together in what now seems a haphazard and undiscriminating fashion. Most recent workers have followed Gregory (1915) in distinguishing a loris-galago group (Lorisiformes) from the Madagascar lemurs (Lemuriformes), denying that any member of either group has special affinities with any or all members of the other.


Internal Carotid Auditory Tube Tree Shrew Jugular Foramen Tympanic Cavity 
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  1. 1.Departments of Anatomy and AnthropologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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