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Re: Sky Monsters - Nat. Geo. channel
On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 16:02:56 -0600 Tim Williams
> Another factor may be that the Chiroptera might have been among the
> mammal 'orders' to evolve after the K/T extinction, when placental
> diversification was proceeding at a rapid tempo.
> >Of course, you'd still expect there to be some gliding outgroups,
> Bats probably evolved from a mammal that at least looked like a
> given that colugos already have a patagium between the fingers and
> toes (see
> below). Gliding marsupials and rodents do not have these patagial
> 'mittens'. You can see why the idea that bats and colugos share a
> ancestry was so attractive. There are some researchers who still
> support a
> colugo-bat link, and fie to the molecular evidence.
While we're on the subject of bats: