Fossil Evidence and the Origin of Bats

@article{Gunnell2005FossilEA,
  title={Fossil Evidence and the Origin of Bats},
  author={Gregg F Gunnell and Nancy B. Simmons},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={209-246}
}
The phylogenetic and geographic origins of bats (Chiroptera) remain unknown. The earliest confirmed records of bats date from the early Eocene (approximately 51 Ma) in North America with other early Eocene bat taxa also being represented from Europe, Africa, and Australia. Where known, skeletons of these early taxa indicate that many of the anatomical specializations characteristic of bats had already been achieved by the early Eocene, including forelimb and manus elongation in conjunction with… CONTINUE READING
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