Evolution of New World leaf-nosed bats

Dumont, E.R.

Davalos, L.M.

Goldberg, A

Santana, S.E.

Phyllostomidae, bat evolution, New World leaf-nosed bats

This phylogenetic tree illustrates relationships among New World leaf-nosed bats. Colors represent different subfamilies. Most subfamilies are characterized by specific dietary adaptations that are associated with the diversity of face shapes seen in the portraits.

The tree was developed using Baysian methods applied to a combination of mitochondrial, nuclear and ribosomal genes. It was dated with 9 fossils and the timing of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary.