Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bat Taxonomy

Darren has just posted a fascinating look at bat taxonomy called We Flightless Primates. Although he casts doubt on the hypothesis that bats are composed of two groups with different origins, one more closely related to primates, I can't help continuing to be intrigued by that theory. Not being anything but an amateur taxonomist, I can allow myself an infatuation with an idea until it is proved wrong.

And he promises "real" flying primates to come. Can't wait. (Though I do hope it is not one of these!)

Darren does something not many science writers can-- make the most abstruse evolutionary issues come to life.

Update: more at Microecos.

5 comments:

Darren Naish said...

I wasn't aware (until today) of Nishahara et al.'s Pegasoferae, so thanks for the link. Thanks as always for linking to my blog.

dr. hypercube said...

I'm delighted to find your blog - nice bit of web serendipity. I started at Pharyngula -> Darren -> here. Your _A_Rage_For_Falcons_ opened my eyes to the fact that there was (is) an active falconry communtiy in the US - many years later, I'm flying a 5 times intermewed male redtail and am going to try to trap a hen gos this fall. Thanks.

Steve Bodio said...

I couldn't be more delighted. Where are you?

May get a Gos this fall myself.

dr. hypercube said...

I'm in NH - feel free to email me at dr.hypercube@gmail.com (if you don't have anything better to do *grin*).

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