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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) rather than developing independently from
(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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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) rather than developing independently from
(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

My answer is E ,

Note that the usage of rather comes when u want to indicate an ALTERNATIVE to the statement
the usage of instead comes when u want to highlight a SUBSTITUTE to the statement
here instead is highly recommendable as the writer is trying to highlight the conclusion that the Australian mammal was a part of mammalian evolution having ancestors and not otherwise .

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2004, 17:16
I would say it is B.
This is a parallelism question
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2004, 22:32
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) rather than developing independently from
(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

We are comparing egg-laying mammal that develpoed from main stem to a type that developed from a different place.

A does not show such comparison but rather says that egg-laying mammal deveoped from comon ancestor. It also wrongly uses the continous verb continous. it is therefore a wrong choice, ellimate D and E


C is wordy and does not not show the comparison here, maintaining that the same egg-laying mamal devolped from the common ancestore

the use of instead in this case is wrong

it is only B which makes the comaprison clealy and thus thus the best choice
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