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Evolutionary Biologists Discover How Species Evolve
2011-11-24 04:17:40

'This study conducted during the International Year of the Bat offers a clear example of how the evolution of new traits, in this case a skull with a new shape, allowed animals to use new resources and eventually, to rapidly evolve into many new species' A new study involving bat skulls, bite force measurements and scat samples collected by an international team of evolutionary biologists is helping to solve a nagging question of evolution: Why some groups of animals develop scores of...

2011-09-14 11:32:47

A new study reveals that the way fruit bats use biosonar to 'see' their surroundings is significantly more advanced than first thought. The study, published September 13 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, examines Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus), which use echolocation to orient inside their caves and to find fruit hidden in the branches of trees. Their high-frequency clicks form a sonar beam that spreads across a fan-shaped area, and the returning echoes allow them...

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2011-08-16 07:10:00

Israeli scientists fitted fruit bats with the world's smallest GPS devices GPS technology can make our travels easier and more efficient. But for many animals, the ability to successfully navigate a landscape is not just a matter of convenience "“ their very survival depends on it. Egyptian fruit bats, for instance, fly dozens of kilometers each night to feed on specific fruit trees, making the return trip the same night. To understand how the bats locate individual trees night after...

2011-03-15 08:00:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are reiterating the need to "fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack" while National Nutrition Month (March) urges Americans to "eat right with color." Fruit2day is taking the recommendations to heart by creating two new offerings of real premium fruit juice blends tailored for the morning occasion and the summer season. The brand also is launching a new ad campaign...

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2010-09-23 11:50:00

The U.N. launched the "year of the bat" Wednesday, hoping that putting the mammal in the public spotlight might help people gain a better understanding of the role the animal plays in pollination and dispersal of seeds. "From insect-eating bats in Europe that provide important pest control to seed-dispersing bats in the tropics that help sustain rainforests, bats deliver vital ecosystem services across a wide range of environments," the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. It said that bat...

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2010-02-05 09:45:00

New research conducted at the University of Maryland's bat lab shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either side of the target. The new findings by researchers from Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggest that this strategy optimizes the bats' ability to pinpoint the location of a target, but also makes it harder for them to detect a target in the first place. "We...

2009-11-05 12:39:31

Hendra has given bats a bad name. Understandable given Hendra virus has killed people and horses, and scientists have discovered that Hendra virus is carried by bats. But it's not all the bats' fault. "Flying-foxes or fruit bats are large, very mobile animals that can fly long distances, possibly 100s of kilometers overnight. They are also very social animals, and roost during the day in large communal groups. We are very aware of them because they are so visible at dawn and dusk when we see...

2009-08-27 14:34:31

The Wildlife Trust says the world's largest species of fruit bat, Pteropus vampyrus, could become extinct in Peninsular Malaysia at the current hunting rate. Jonathan Epstein, associate vice president of the U.S.-headquartered organization, said approximately 22,000 fruit bats, also called flying foxes, are legally hunted annually in Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, in addition to those illegally hunted. That, he said, is a level of hunting that's unsustainable based on...

2009-03-25 12:20:01

A U.S.-led study has documented for the first time how bats land and the scientists discovered that not all bats land in the same manner. The Brown University-led researchers said their findings offer new insights into how the Earth's second-largest order of mammals evolved. Daniel Riskin, lead author of the study, said the scientists studied the landing approaches of three species of bats -- two that live in caves and one that roosts in trees. The team filmed each species of bat as it...

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2009-03-21 09:10:00

A Brown University-led research team has documented for the first time how bats land. The results are surprising: Not all bats land the same way. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Experimental Biology, could offer new insights into how the second-largest order of mammals evolved. People have always been fascinated by bats, but the scope of that interest generally is limited to how bats fly and their bizarre habit of sleeping upside down. Until now, no one had studied how bats...


Latest Megabats Reference Libraries

Sulawesi Flying Fox, Acerodon celebensis
2013-08-29 10:18:35

The Sulawesi flying fox (Acerodon celebensis), also known as the Sulawesi fruit bat, is a species of mega bat that can be found in the Sulawesi subregion of Indonesia. Its range includes areas of Sulawesi, Butan like Mangole, Sanana, Selayar, Talenge, and Sangihe. It occurs at elevations of up to 4,921 feet in lowland habitats. It is often found in coastal areas near human settlements on the Sula Islands, causing experts to believe that it can withstand a small amount of human disturbance....

Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
2013-07-09 15:17:51

The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a species of megabat that can be found in Australia. Its range includes a large area east of the Great Dividing Range that extends from Geelong to Bundaberg and includes Finch Hatton, Ingham, and Adelaide. It prefers a habitat within many areas including swamps, rainforests, and woodlands. The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat within its range, reaching an average body length between 9.1 and 11.4 inches, a wingspan of up to 3.3...

Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, Acerodon jubatus
2013-06-27 12:14:47

The giant golden-crowned flying fox or the golden-capped fruit bat (Acerodon jubatus) is a species of megabat that can be found in the Phillipines. Its range is fragmented across many islands including Boracay, Bohol, Mindoro, Luzon, Polillo, Negros, and Mindoro. This species prefers a habitat in remote forests at elevations of up to 3,600 feet. It can be found near agricultural areas, but only if these areas do not have human inhabitants. The giant golden-crowned flying fox can reach an...

Seychelles Fruit Bat, Pteropus seychellensis
2013-06-25 13:34:44

Seychelles fruit bat (Pteropus seychellensis), also known as Seychelles flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found on the Seychelles, Mafia Island, and on Comoros. It prefers a habitat within primary and secondary tropical forests, as well as coral rag forests and areas inhabited by humans. Typical colonies number around three hundred individual and can be found roosting in trees. The species consumes native plants, which makes is a good seed disperser, but it thought of as a pest...

Franquet's Epauletted Fruit Bat, Epomops franqueti
2012-08-14 08:12:01

Franquet's epauletted fruit bat (Epomops franqueti) is a megabat that is native to Africa. Its range extends from Angola and Zambia in the south to Sudan and the Ivory Coast. This range includes Angola, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda, among other areas. It is thought that these bats may appear in Zambia as well. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical mangrove, arid, and moist forests as well as in swamps and arid savannahs. Franquet’s epauletted...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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