A Molecular Phylogeny for Bats Illuminates Biogeography and the Fossil Record

@article{Teeling2005AMP,
  title={A Molecular Phylogeny for Bats Illuminates Biogeography and the Fossil Record},
  author={E. Teeling and M. Springer and O. Madsen and P.J.J. Bates and S. O'Brien and W. Murphy},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={307},
  pages={580 - 584}
}
Bats make up more than 20% of extant mammals, yet their evolutionary history is largely unknown because of a limited fossil record and conflicting or incomplete phylogenies. Here, we present a highly resolved molecular phylogeny for all extant bat families. Our results support the hypothesis that megabats are nested among four major microbat lineages, which originated in the early Eocene [52 to 50 million years ago (Mya)], coincident with a significant global rise in temperature, increase in… Expand
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