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Re: A Wild Hare [not dino related]
Quoting david peters <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Are flying foxes really primates?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Recent molecular studies have thoroughly refuted the
hypothesis that bats are diphyletic, with megabats closer to primates.
Last I heard, molecular evidence was even indicating that
Microchiroptera is actually paraphyletic with respect to
Megachiroptera, and that bats are on a totally different branch (no pun
intended) from primates on the placental tree (hanging out with shrews,
true ungulates, carnivores, and pangolins).
In the above paper is a ref [not copied] for some soft-tissue
cladistic work describing a close association between lagomorphs and
Interesting. Molecular evidence also indicates that rabbits + rodents
are close to primates + tree shrews + colugos.
1. Do eurymlids have a large diastema like Gomphos, lagomorphs and
Not familiar with them.
2. I know that a basal primate, Plesiadapis, has a large diastema,
among other interesting characters.
May not be a primate; possibly closer to dermapterans, though (AFAIK)
still an archontan.
3. Did the two large diastemas, so close to each other on the tree,
develop convergently? Or is there another connection?
And in a worst-case scenario, wouldn't that be weird?
Not really. Highly related to food processing; diastemata appear to
have arisen many times among mammals.
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan