Name: Aegyptonycteris ‭(‬Egyptian bat‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ay-jipt-o-nik-the-rus.
Named By: Nancy B.‭ ‬Simmons‭; ‬Erik R.‭ ‬Seiffert‭ & ‬Gregg F.‭ ‬Gunnell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Boreoeutheria,‭ ‬Scrotifera,‭ ‬Chiroptera.
Species: A.‭ ‬knightae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Omnivore‭?
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Egypt.
Time period: Late Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull remains.

       Aegyptonycteris is a genus of bat that lived in Egypt during the Eocene.‭ ‬Though only known form partial remains,‭ ‬Aegyptonycteris seems to have had an omnivorous diet,‭ ‬revealing that as the bats evolved,‭ ‬they were relatively quick to adapt to different ecological niches.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Family of Large Omnivorous Bats‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Chiroptera‭) ‬from the Late Eocene of the Fayum Depression,‭ ‬Egypt,‭ ‬with Comments on Use of the Name‭ "‬Eochiroptera‭"‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬American Museum Novitates.‭ ‬3857:‭ ‬1‭–‬43.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nancy B.‭ ‬Simmons‭; ‬Erik R.‭ ‬Seiffert‭ & ‬Gregg F.‭ ‬Gunnell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.


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