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Three new species of yellow-shouldered bats discovered in museum collections
Date:4/14/2014

ntina, the real Sturnira lilium is limited to Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. The rest of its presumed range is occupied by six other close relatives that replace one another in jigsaw-like fashion across the Neotropics.

The distribution of Sturnira species across most of the New World tropics and its diversification throughout its eight-million-year existence make it informative for other sorts of biological reconstructions, such as the seed plants upon which it feeds.

In addition to its scientific usefulness, this study demonstrates the need for the ongoing revision of the Earth's biological history, and highlights the immense value of museum collections in uncovering new knowledge.

"For this particular group of mammals, we are much closer that we were in framing their diversity, although there may be additional Sturnira out there," said Patterson. "Over the years, I've learned that no one has the last word in science."


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