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Murgon Bat
Temporal range: 54.6Ma
Early Eocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Suborder: Microchiroptera
Family: Archaeonycteridae
Genus: Australonycteris
Species: A. clarkae
Binomial name
Australonycteris clarkae
Hand, Novacek, Godthelp & Archer, 1994

Australonycteris is a monotypic extinct genus of microchiropteran bat with the single species Australonycteris clarkae.[1] The species is known from fragmentary remains found at the Murgon fossil site, in south-eastern Queensland, dating to the early Eocene, 54.6 million years ago.[1] It is one of the oldest bats in the world,[1] and inhabited forests and swampy areas, with a diet of insects and probably even small fish.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c Hand, S.; et al. (1994). "First Eocene bat from Australia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14 (3): 375–381. doi:10.1080/02724634.1994.10011565.