High bat (Chiroptera) diversity in the Early Eocene of India

  title={High bat (Chiroptera) diversity in the Early Eocene of India},
  author={Thierry Smith and Rajendra S. Rana and Pieter Missiaen and Kenneth D. Rose and Ashok Sahni and Hukam Singh and Lachham Singh},
The geographic origin of bats is still unknown, and fossils of earliest bats are rare and poorly diversified, with, maybe, the exception of Europe. The earliest bats are recorded from the Early Eocene of North America, Europe, North Africa and Australia where they seem to appear suddenly and simultaneously. Until now, the oldest record in Asia was from the Middle Eocene. In this paper, we report the discovery of the oldest bat fauna of Asia dating from the Early Eocene of the Cambay Formation… CONTINUE READING
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