Lemur Biology by John Buettner-Janusch, Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman

By John Buettner-Janusch, Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (auth.), Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (eds.)

The quantity of reports on prosimian primates has, until eventually lately, tended to lag good at the back of that of stories at the greater primates. this is often so even though the substantial intrinsic curiosity of the dwelling prosimians and the signifi­ cance in their stuQ,y for our realizing of the sooner phases 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 single extant diurnal types, but additionally since it is barely on Madagascar that the absence of pageant with greater primates has allowed a surviving prosimian fauna to radiate, es­ sentially unrestricted, right into a vast spectrum of ecological zones. by contrast, the few extant prosimians of Africa and Asia occupy a comparatively slender diversity of "refuge" niches; even if of substantial curiosity in themselves, they don't express the richness and diversity of edition which make the Malagasy prosimian fauna this sort of interesting item of analysis. over the last few years, even if, there was a substantial resur­ gence of curiosity within the prosimians usually, and within the lemurs specifically. the variety of stories caused by this rekindling of curiosity is broad, compre­ hending the systematics, evolution, anatomy, habit, and ecology of those types. This quantity constitutes a growth file on our wisdom of the le­ murs.

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Soc. Edit. Geogr. Marit. , Paris. PART II SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION The Significance of Chromosomal Studies in the Systematics of the Malagasy Lemurs 3 YVES RUMPLER Chromosomal studies of the Malagasy lemurs have been particularly fruitful in two areas of investigation where these animals pose various difficult problems: systematics and evolution. In this chapter, we will report on the significance of cytogenetics in the systematics of the lemurs. In lemur taxonomy, the classical morphoanatomical and biogeographical criteria have occasionally proved inadequate, as the conflicting classifications proposed by different authors have shown.

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