Problem: Based on the phylogeny shown below, which of the following statements about taxon relationships is not supported?A. Humans are more closely related to bats than they are to iguanas.B. Rabbits are more closely related to tortoises than they are to bats.C. Tortoises are more closely related to sparrows than they are to rabbits.D. Cobra are more closely related to iguanas than they are to sparrows.

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The phylogeny is an illustration of the evolutionary history of a group of species through the use of a cladogram. In each illustration, the branch points represent the common ancestor of the two lineages diverging from them. 

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Based on the phylogeny shown below, which of the following statements about taxon relationships is not supported?

A. Humans are more closely related to bats than they are to iguanas.

B. Rabbits are more closely related to tortoises than they are to bats.

C. Tortoises are more closely related to sparrows than they are to rabbits.

D. Cobra are more closely related to iguanas than they are to sparrows.

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