By John Buettner-Janusch, Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (auth.), Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (eds.)
The quantity of stories on prosimian primates has, until eventually lately, tended to lag good at the back of that of experiences at the greater primates. this can be so although the significant intrinsic curiosity of the dwelling prosimians and the signifi cance in their stuQ,y for our figuring out of the sooner levels of primate evolution have lengthy been said through zoologists, paleontologists, and anthropologists alike. one of the prosimians, the Malagasy lemurs are of profound curiosity not just simply because they contain the one extant diurnal varieties, but in addition since it is simply on Madagascar that the absence of festival with better primates has allowed a surviving prosimian fauna to radiate, es sentially unrestricted, right into a huge spectrum of ecological zones. by contrast, the few extant prosimians of Africa and Asia occupy a comparatively slender diversity of "refuge" niches; even supposing of substantial curiosity in themselves, they don't convey the richness and diversity of version which make the Malagasy prosimian fauna the sort of attention-grabbing item of analysis. during the last few years, despite the fact that, there was a substantial resur gence of curiosity within the prosimians commonly, and within the lemurs particularly. the diversity of experiences caused by this rekindling of curiosity is large, compre hending the systematics, evolution, anatomy, habit, and ecology of those varieties. This quantity constitutes a growth document on our wisdom of the le murs.