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Quaternary bat diversity in the Dominican Republic. (American Museum novitates, no. 3779)

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dc.contributor.author Velazco, Paul M.
dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Hannah.
dc.contributor.author Gunnell, Gregg F.
dc.contributor.author Cooke, Siobhán B.
dc.contributor.author Rímoli, Renato O.
dc.contributor.author Rosenberger, Alfred L.
dc.contributor.author Simmons, Nancy B.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-24T19:28:06Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-24T19:28:06Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6440
dc.description 20 pages : color illustrations, map ; 26 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The fossil record of bats is extensive in the Caribbean, but few fossils have previously been reported from the Dominican Republic. In this paper, we describe new collections of fossil bats from two flooded caves in the Dominican Republic, and summarize previous finds from the Island of Hispaniola. The new collections were evaluated in the context of extant and fossil faunas of the Greater Antilles to provide information on the evolution of the bat community of Hispaniola. Eleven species were identified within the new collections, including five mormoopids (Mormoops blainvillei, [dagger]Mormoops magna, Pteronotus macleayii, P. parnellii, and P. quadridens), five phyllostomids (Brachyphylla nana, Monophyllus redmani, Phyllonycteris poeyi, Erophylla bombifrons, and Phyllops falcatus), and one natalid (Chilonatalus micropus). All of these species today inhabitant Hispaniola with the exception of [dagger]Mormoops magna, an extinct species previously known only from the Quaternary of Cuba, and Pteronotus macleayii, which is currently known only from extant populations in Cuba and Jamaica, although Quaternary fossils have also been recovered in the Bahamas. Differences between the fossil faunas and those known from the island today suggest that dispersal and extirpation events, perhaps linked to climate change or stochastic events such as hurricanes, may have played roles in structuring the modern fauna of Hispaniola. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3779. en_US
dc.subject Bats, Fossil. en_US
dc.subject Bats. en_US
dc.subject Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.subject Hispaniola. en_US
dc.title Quaternary bat diversity in the Dominican Republic. (American Museum novitates, no. 3779) en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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