Acknowledgments

We thank Lisa Gould and Michelle Sauther for inviting us to contribute to this volume. We also thank Michelle Sauther and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. Our appreciation also goes to the Département des Eaux et Forêts, Ecole Superieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Université d'Antananarivo (ESSA), the National Association for the Management of Protected Areas (ANGAP), and the staff at Beza Mahafaly for allowing the various research projects conducted at this location.

FC thanks Michelle Sauther for the opportunity to work at Beza Mahafaly, and for her continued support and encouragement. FC also thanks the following people for their assistance with data collection at Beza Mahafaly during the 2003-2005 field seasons: Enafa Efitroaromy, Ehandidy Ellis, Razanajafy Olivier, Emady Rigobert, and Elahavelo of the Beza Mahafaly Ecological Monitoring Team, Krista Fish, Mandala Hunter, Kerry Sondgeroth, James Loudon, Heather Culbertson, Rachel Mills, Katie Eckert, Martha Weber, and David Miller.

FC thanks Robert W. Sussman, Ingrid Porton, Randy Junge, Joel Ratsirarson, Jo Ajimy, Randrianarisoa Jeannicq, Youssouf Jacky Ibrahim (ESSA), and Rafidisoa Tsiory (ANGAP), for their strong support and facilitation of ongoing work at Beza Mahafaly. Research on the ring-tailed lemur population at Beza Mahafaly from 2003 to 2005 was conducted with support awarded to Michelle Sauther from the following funding sources: Primate Conservation Inc., the American Society of Primatologists, the Lindbergh Fund, the Saint Louis Zoo, the John Ball Zoo Society, the National Geographic Society, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Data collection by FC on the mouse lemur sample at the American Museum of Natural History was supported by the University of Colorado Museum Burt Fund, the University of Colorado Graduate School, a University of Colorado Department of Anthropology Pre-Dissertation Grant, Las Positas College, and an American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Collection Study Grant. Images of USNM specimens were collected with support from the University of North Dakota.

NY thanks the staff of the Institute for Conservation of Tropical Environments, Peter Lucas, Mary Blanchard for field assistance, Alison Richard for providing field casts of sifaka dentitions, and the curatorial staffs at the Museum of Comparative Zoology-Harvard, American Museum of Natural History, Field Museum of Natural History, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Rijksmuseum of Natural History, Natural History Museum-London for access to their dental collections. Many thanks to Alison Richard, Bob Sussman, Michelle Sauther, and Lisa Gould for continual censusing of the lemurs at Beza Mahafaly. Data collection by NY was funded by NSF dissertation improvement grant SBR-9302279, a Northwestern University dissertation grant, Sigma Xi, and an AMNH Collection Study Grant.

We also thank the many researchers who have contributed to our knowledge of functional dental morphology, dental variation, and dental life history, many of whom are listed in the references below.

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