Madagascar's Lemurs: Cryptic diversity or taxonomic inflation?

  title={Madagascar's Lemurs: Cryptic diversity or taxonomic inflation?},
  author={Ian Tattersall},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  • I. Tattersall
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues
We live in inflationary times. A quarter of a century ago, cigarettes were about $1 a pack in New York City, a bottle of Château Beaucastel set you back $15, and there were 36 different species of lemur alive in Madagascar 1 (Table 1). Today the equivalent figures are $7.40, $95, and 83 lemur species 2 (Table 1). The increase in dollar prices has a lot to do with the economics of growth, something that obviously cannot be sustained indefinitely on a finite planet. Is the recent inflation in… 

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