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Smooth Surfaces Are a Bat Blind Spot

Smooth Surfaces Are a Bat Blind Spot

Glass and metal surfaces temporarily "blind" a bat by bouncing sound waves in the wrong direction, which sometimes results in a collision. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on September 7, 2017...

September 7, 2017 — Nature Video

Big-Eared Bat, Once Feared Extinct, Rediscovered after 120 Years

Sometimes research into one question reveals the answer to another. In July 2012 Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow, students at the University of Queensland in Australia, were in Papua New Guinea studying how the region’s tiny microbats responded to sustainable logging of their forest homes...

June 3, 2014 — John R. Platt

Bat-Killing Fungus Now Found in 25 U.S. States

The news for bats in the U.S. keeps getting worse. Last week conservation officials announced that the bat-killing white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been found in Michigan and Wisconsin.

April 15, 2014 — John R. Platt

Sunday Species Snapshot: Fijian Monkey-Faced Bat

This rare bat is only known from a handful of collected animals on a single mountain on a single Polynesian island. Species name: Fijian monkey-faced bat (Mirimiri acrodonta), the only member of its genus and the only mammal endemic to the Republic of Fiji...

December 8, 2013 — John R. Platt

Does Oral Sex Confer An Evolutionary Advantage? Evidence From Bats

Regular readers of this blog know that while I think studying animal cognition, behavior, and communication is (sometimes) fun and (always) interesting, the real importance – the why should I care about this – is because by understanding animals, we can attempt to learn more about ourselves...

May 19, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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