Sunday, April 17, 2005

Small Chiroptera: the shamanic animal medicine par excellence

Despite their resemblance to rodents , bats seem not closely related to mice at all. Though their exact placement seems still uncertain, scientists believe from recent evidence that they may bear a closer relationship to the primates, i.e. us! Whatever their relationships, bats have succeeded highly as groups of mammals: we have counted nearly 1,000 species of bats around the world, making up about one quarter of all mammal species.
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