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Extinction Countdown

Last chance to save the Christmas Island bat fails; Species doomed to extinction?

Christmas Island pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus murrayi)

Well folks, it looks like this is it for the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus murrayi). This critically endangered species of microbat now appears to be doomed to impending extinction as last-gasp efforts to capture the few remaining bats and place them in a captive breeding program have failed. Eight scientists, along with volunteers from [...]

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Extinction Countdown

World’s largest bat being hunted into extinction

fllying fox

With a wingspan of more than 1.5 meters, the large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus) is the world’s largest bat. But that size hasn’t helped it. In fact, the giant fruit bat has become a target for hunting, and so many of them are being killed every year that the species now faces possible extinction, according [...]

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Bats re-tune echolocation and use the sun’s glow to navigate near and far

bats change frequency echolocation navigate sun magnetic

Whisking quietly through the night, around buildings, trees and even branches, bats have a keen sense of their surroundings despite darkness. Researchers have known for decades that bats use their sonarlike echolocation to "see" potential obstacles as well as prey. But bats’ execution of their airborne acrobatics often got scientists wondering just how they could [...]

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Stone-faced Birds Staring Out From Beyond the Grave


The best Halloween stories are true. There is a lake in Tanzania, Lake Natron, that is so hostile to life that only two species, alkaline tilapia and blue-green algae can live in its deadly waters. For the rest of us, its water is so caustic it will burn your lungs (and melt the ink off [...]

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