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Phylogenetic relations between microbats, megabats and primates (Mammalia: Chiroptera and Primates).
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PMID:  2575767     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examine the paraphylectic hypothesis of bat origins, both in the light of previous discussions, and in the light of new evidence from our analyses of neurological traits and wing morphology. Megabats share with primates a variety of complex details in the organization of neural pathways that have not been found in any other mammalian group, particularly not in microbats. The features previously used to link microbats and megabats have been examined and found to be questionable bases for support of a monophyletic origin. In particular, morphological analyses of the musculoskeletal adaptations associated with the flight apparatus are consistent with two separate origins of the mammalian wing. Taken together, these analyses suggest that megabats evolved from an early branch of the primate lineage. This branch was comprised of moderate-sized, phytophagous gliders, of which the other living descendants are the dermopterans. Microbats, in contrast, probably evolved much earlier from small, agile insectivores whose forelimbs had long metacarpals in relation to their phalanges.
J D Pettigrew; B G Jamieson; S K Robson; L S Hall; K I McAnally; H M Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences     Volume:  325     ISSN:  0962-8436     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  1989 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-03-12     Completed Date:  1990-03-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503623     Medline TA:  Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  489-559     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / anatomy & histology
Chiroptera / classification*,  genetics
Primates / classification*,  genetics

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