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Bats could be more flexible in their echolocation behavior than previously thought
By placing real and virtual objects in the flight paths of bats, scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Munich have shed new light on how echolocation works.
'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'
After a series of innovative experiments designed to mimic a thick forest, researchers have discovered how bats are so adept at avoiding objects, real or perceived.
Bats' and toothed whales' remarkable ability and the high-frequency hearing it depends on are shared at a much deeper level than anyone would have anticipatedâ€”all the way down to the molecular level.
Researchers at The University of Western Ontario (Western) led an international and multi-disciplinary study that sheds new light on the way that bats echolocate.
Annemarie Surlykke from the University of Southern Denmark is fascinated by echolocation.
Echolocation may have evolved more than once in bats, according to new research from the University of Bristol published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The proboscis bat (Rhynchonycteris naso) is native to Central and South America, and it is the only species in its genus. Its other common names include the river bat, the sharp-nosed bat, and the Brazilian long-nosed bat, and in Spanish, it is known as murciélago narizón. Its range extends from southern Mexico to Peru, and it occurs in Brazil, Bolivia, and Trinidad. The proboscis bat prefers a habitat within low lands in southwestern Mexico, half of South America, and throughout Central...
The Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas), also known as the Australia False Vampire Bat, is a species of bat endemic to Australia. It is named for the extremely thin membrane of its wings that makes it appear ghostly at night. They inhabit northern Australia, from the east to west coast. They roost in caves, mines, and tunnels in small colonies, usually of less than a hundred bats. Ghost Bats have grey fur on their backs and pale grey or white fur on their undersides. They have long, narrow wings...
Horseshoe bats (the Rhinolophidae family) are a large family of bats including approximately 130 species grouped in 10 genera. They belong to the suborder Microchiroptera (microbats). All Rhinolophids have leaf-like protuberances on their noses. In Rhinolophines species, these take the shape of a horseshoe. They emit sonar calls through these structures, which may serve to focus the sound. Most Rhinolophids are dull brown or reddish brown in color. They vary in size from small to...
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