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RE: origin of bats
Mike Keesey wrote:
> I think he meant to put a comma between "civets" and the rest, since
> *none* of those genera are viverrid. _Protictis_ is a stem-carnivoran
Yep, _Protictis_ is a viverravid, so I guess it's close to viverrids in one
respect (the name). :-) A nice reference on the subject of basal
Flynn, J.J. and Wesley-Hunt, G.D. (2005). Phylogeny of the Carnivora: Basal
relationships among the carnivoramorphans, and assessment of the position of
'Miacoidea' relative to Carnivora." J. Syst. Palaeontol. 3: 1-28.
> If you include only those taxa and bats, the topology should be:
> (_Ptilocercus_, (_Chiroptera_, (_Protictis_, (_Nandinia_,
> _Viverridae_)))). Odd choice of taxa....
Indeed. Viverravidae was recovered by Flynn and Wesley-Hunt as the most basal
carnivoromorph clade, one node up from Creodonta (sister taxon of
Carnivoromorpha within Ferae). Hard to see how bats (Chiroptera) could be
nested inside this bunch.
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