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Re: bat origins - the smoking gun

  All I know is that aside from Asher, Gunnell, and a vast host of others, bat
origins is one of the, and likely the second hottest topic of mammal phylogeny
research, right after anthropoid phylogenetics. Whales a third or fourth
contender. So much work has been done, including ear anatomy, teeth, genes, and
the pattern of cranial nerves, that argue for some substantial data that bats
and dermopterans are NOT that closely related. The Volitantia is almost
certainly, it seems, an ill-supported myth. There seems to be some support with
shrews, or with a possibly diphyly at the base of Euarchonta, if true, and if
they are not actually outside Euarchontoglires or closer to ungulates.

  Present your data, but it should be able to measure up to the substantial
literature already on the subject should it offer a contrarian opinion. That
is, it should be capable of explaining this other data in context.


Jaime A. Headden

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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