Madagascar Island got its name from Marco Polo by mistake. He mentioned it in his memoirs under the name Madeygaskar as had heard about this place while traveling in Asia. However, judging by the descriptions of Marco Polo, it is clearly something mixed.
In ancient Rome, lemurs called souls of dead, who did not find rest in the realm of the dead and returning at night to the living world. In the 16th century when the first Europeans came to Madagascar and met small animals with enormous glowing eyes.