The head and neck muscles of the Philippine colugo (Dermoptera: Cynocephalus volans), with a comparison to tree‐shrews, primates, and other mammals

  title={The head and neck muscles of the Philippine colugo (Dermoptera: Cynocephalus volans), with a comparison to tree‐shrews, primates, and other mammals},
  author={Rui Diogo},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  • R. Diogo
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Biology
  • Journal of Morphology
The colugos, or flying lemurs (Dermoptera), are arboreal gliding mammals that are commonly grouped with tree‐shrews (Scandentia) and Primates in the superorder Euarchonta. However, little is known about the head and neck muscles of these gliding mammals. This raises difficulties for the discussion of not only the functional morphology and evolution of colugos, but also the origin, evolution, functional morphology, and phylogenetic relationships of the Euarchonta as a whole, and thus also of our… 

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