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Colugos: obscure mammals glide into the evolutionary limelight

Robert D Martin

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Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA

Journal of Biology 2008, 7:13  doi:10.1186/jbiol74

Published: 1 May 2008


Substantial molecular evidence indicates that tree-shrews, colugos and primates cluster together on the mammalian phylogenetic tree. Previously, a sister-group relationship between colugos and primates seemed likely. A new study of colugo chromosomes indicates instead an affinity between colugos and tree-shrews.