The first vertebrate fossil from Socotra Island (Yemen) is an early Holocene Egyptian fruit bat

@article{VanDamme2018TheFV,
  title={The first vertebrate fossil from Socotra Island (Yemen) is an early Holocene Egyptian fruit bat},
  author={Kay Van Damme and Petr Benda and Dirk van Damme and Peter De Geest and I. Hajdas},
  journal={Journal of Natural History},
  year={2018},
  volume={52},
  pages={2001 - 2024}
}
Data on the prehistoric biota of the Socotra Archipelago (Yemen) are scarce. We report on the first extinct vertebrate ever recorded from this western Indian Ocean island group. An exceptionally preserved adult specimen of Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus aegyptiacus was found in a calcite flowstone in Hoq Cave on the NE coast of Socotra Island. Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating on bone fragments estimates the fossil at ca. 7600–7400 cal a BP (radiocarbon age 6669 ± 70 14C a BP… 
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