By John Buettner-Janusch, Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (auth.), Ian Tattersall, Robert W. Sussman (eds.)
The quantity of reports on prosimian primates has, till lately, tended to lag good at the back of that of reviews at the larger primates. this is often so although the significant 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 via zoologists, paleontologists, and anthropologists alike. one of the prosimians, the Malagasy lemurs are of profound curiosity not just simply because they comprise the single extant diurnal kinds, but in addition since it is barely on Madagascar that the absence of pageant with better primates has allowed a surviving prosimian fauna to radiate, es sentially unrestricted, right into a large spectrum of ecological zones. against this, the few extant prosimians of Africa and Asia occupy a comparatively slender diversity of "refuge" niches; even though of substantial curiosity in themselves, they don't express the richness and diversity of variation which make the Malagasy prosimian fauna this sort of attention-grabbing item of analysis. over the last few years, although, there was a substantial resur gence of curiosity within the prosimians mostly, and within the lemurs specifically. the diversity of reviews because of this rekindling of curiosity is vast, compre hending the systematics, evolution, anatomy, habit, and ecology of those varieties. This quantity constitutes a development document on our wisdom of the le murs.