Why Tarsiers? Why Now? An Introduction to the Special Edition on Tarsiers

  title={Why Tarsiers? Why Now? An Introduction to the Special Edition on Tarsiers},
  author={Myron Shekelle and Sharon L. Gursky},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
The scientists studying tarsiers come from many different fields, use a variety of methods, and all too often publish in different journals. Though most are primatologists, they approach the study of tarsiers from the distinct perspective of their own disciplines. Rarely do they appreciate, or even cite, the studies of tarsiers from different disciplines that affect their own work. It is our hope that by gathering these articles together and publishing them in one issue, we will generate… 
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