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56 from OG-Verbal Recently discovered fossil remains

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Recently discovered fossil remains strongly suggest that the Australian egg-laying mammals of today are a branch of the main stem of mammalian evolution rather than developing independently from a common ancestor of mammals more than 220 million years ago.

(A)
(B) rather than a type that developed independently from
(C) rather than a type whose development was independent of
(D) instead of developing independently from
(E) instead of a development that was independent of

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Re: SC - Australian Egg Laying Mammals [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 16:14
This is what I T.H.I.N.K. ( and I wish I was good at it.)

Independent of = Seperate from
Independent from = Shoot off

Since the sentence originally meant " rather than a shoot off of a common......", it leaves us with option A, B and D

"Instead of" is a preposition and should be used as Prep + Noun.

So I will refrain from using Instead of. Thus eliminating D.

Using Parallelism, I chose B :?:
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 16:28
D is out for ||ism.

Analyzing the meaning of the sentence, the fossil is developed from an ancestor of mammals, not that the development is independent of the ancestor of mammals.

That leaves us with B as the best answer choice.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 16:54
Good work. OA is B. Thanks for the explanations!
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 18:13
hey, i am kind of confused here.. why not A???
and also.. i am confused between FROM and OF

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 19:16
andrealittrell wrote:
hey, i am kind of confused here.. why not A???
and also.. i am confused between FROM and OF



A) violates parallelism
Mammals .. are a branch of .. rather than developing independently from a common ancestor of mammals ..
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