James M. Hutcheon

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Using single-copy DNA hybridization, we carried out a whole genome study of 16 bats (from ten families) and five outgroups (two primates and one each dermopteran, scandentian, and marsupial). Three of the bat species represented as many families of Rhinolophoidea, and these always associated with the two representatives of Pteropodidae. All other(More)
Variations in total brain mass and in the mass of three brain regions (main olfactory bulb, hippocampus, auditory nuclei) were examined using a data set for 63 species of bats (Chiroptera). Using both conventional and phylogenetically based analysis of covariance (log body mass as covariate), we tested several hypotheses that relate total brain mass or the(More)
We examined taxa from 13 of the 17 chiropteran families, using single-copy DNA hybridization. Five taxa that either represented points of controversy in systematics or were members of problematic families were included in the experiment. The resulting data were used to build phylogenetic trees of 14 and 19 taxa, and by combining this study's data with those(More)
We carried out DNA-hybridization comparisons among representatives of the major groups of Chiroptera to determine the phylogenetic position of the New Zealand short-tailed bat, Mystacina tuberculata. All analyses confirmed the noctilionoid affinity of this species suggested by an earlier serological study, with support from taxon jackknifing and at(More)
Resolution of the total evidence (i.e., character congruence) versus consensus (i.e., taxonomic congruence) debate has been impeded by (1) a failure to employ validation methods consistently across both tree-building and consensus analyses, (2) the incomparability of methods for constructing as opposed to those for combining trees, and (3) indifference to(More)
Traditionally, bats (Order Chiroptera) are divided into two suborders, Megachiroptera (“megabats”) and Microchiroptera, and this nomenclature suggests a consistent difference in body size. To test whether megabats are, in fact, significantly larger than other bats, we compared them with respect to average body mass (log transformed), using both conventional(More)
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