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SAM NOBLE OKLAHOMA MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY
FOSSIL BATS OF THE AMERICAS

FOSSIL BATS OF THE AMERICAS

N. J. Czaplewski and Gary S. Morgan

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma 73072, USA (Czaplewski)
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New Mexico Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, USA (Morgan)

This site provides some information about the Cenozoic fossil record of bats in North America, South America, and the West Indies. Emphasis is on the late Cenozoic, mostly the mid-late Tertiary period, where records are fewer than those from the Quaternary period. We include results from an ongoing project, partly supported by the National Science Foundation, involving the description and characterization of late Cenozoic bats from paleokarst deposits in Florida, but also convey information from the technical literature on other occurrences of Tertiary bats. Numerous species of extant bats have fossil records in the Tertiary and especially Quaternary of the Americas. For the Quaternary period only the named extinct species and are listed here; the Quaternary fossil records of extant species are particularly numerous and are not listed. Thus, the lists are not comprehensive and represent a work in progress.