• Biology
  • Published 2000

Macroevolution in Microchiroptera: Recoupling morphology and ecology with phylogeny

@inproceedings{Freeman2000MacroevolutionIM,
  title={Macroevolution in Microchiroptera: Recoupling morphology and ecology with phylogeny},
  author={Patricia W. Freeman},
  year={2000}
}
No family of mammals has undergone a greater adaptive radiation than phyllostomid bats. Phylogeny combined with eco-morphological considerations of trophic structures can help understand this adaptive radiation and the evolution of Microchiroptera. Microchiropteran bats are overwhelmingly insectivorous, and constraints within the morphospace of insectivory have produced a dynamic equilibrium in bat morphologies that has persisted for 60 million years. The ability to eat fruit may be the key… CONTINUE READING

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