External Nasal Cartilages in Bats: Evidence for Microchiropteran Monophyly?

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A recent paper by Göbbel (2000) concluded that external nasal cartilage data support microbat monophyly. However, Göbbel did not provide the results of analyses based solely on nasal cartilage data and instead mapped nasal cartilage characters onto a phylogeny from Simmons and Geisler (1998) that supported microbat monophyly. We used maximum parsimony to analyze Göbbel's (2000) data on their own and found commensurate levels of support for microbat monophyly and microbat paraphyly.

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