Lemurs of Madagascar is a reference work and field guide giving
descriptions and biogeographic data for all the known lemur species in
Madagascar (ring-tailed lemur pictured). It also provides general
information about lemurs and their history and helps travelers identify
species they may encounter. The primary contributor is Russell
Mittermeier, president of Conservation International. The first edition
in 1994 received favorable reviews for its meticulous coverage, numerous
high-quality illustrations, and engaging discussion of lemur topics,
including conservation, evolution, and the recently extinct subfossil
lemurs. The American Journal of Primatology praised the second edition’s
updates and enhancements. Lemur News appreciated the expanded content of
the third edition (2010), but was concerned that it was not as portable
as before. The first edition identified 50 lemur species and
subspecies, compared to 71 in the second edition and 101 in the third.
The taxonomy promoted by these books has been questioned by some
researchers who view these growing numbers of lemur species as
insufficiently justified inflation of species numbers.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Two years after his death, Oliver Cromwell’s remains were
exhumed for a posthumous execution and his head was placed on a spike
above Westminster Hall in London, where it remained until 1685.
The town of Yerba Buena in Mexican California was renamed San
Nathuram Godse fatally shot Mahatma Gandhi (pictured), the
political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence
movement, at Birla House in Delhi.
In a bloodless coup, General Nguyen Khanh overthrew General
Duong Van Minh’s military junta in South Vietnam, less than three months
after Minh executed a bloody coup himself.
On Bloody Sunday, members of the British Parachute Regiment
shot at twenty-six civil rights protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland,
killing at least thirteen people.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
Small and cute; pretty in a delicate way; dainty.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I like to think (it has to be!) of a cybernetic ecology where we
are free of our labors and joined back to nature, returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters, and all watched over by machines of loving grace.
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