Thursday, 6 February 2014

Sucker-footed fossils broaden bat map: Fossilized teeth show bat family belongs to primitive lineage, had broad range

Date: February 4, 2014

Source: Duke University

Summary: Today, Madagascar sucker-footed bats live nowhere outside their island home, but new research shows that hasn't always been the case. The discovery of the jawbones of two extinct relatives in northern Egypt suggests the unusual creatures, which evolved sticky footpads to roost on slick surfaces, are primitive members of a group of bats that evolved in Africa and ultimately went on to flourish in South America.


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