The Classification of the Primates

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IN his letter on “The Classification of the Primates” in NATURE of Jan. 25, Dr. Tate Regan twice refers to “the Mascarene Lemurs”. The term “Mascarene” is usually restricted to the Islands of Bourbon, Mauritius, and Rodrigues, of which the first two were discovered by Mascarenhas at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Is there any authority for extending it, as Dr. Tate Regan does, to Madagascar?

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