How Bats Evolved Nectar-feeding

A team of evolutionary biologists compared the anatomy and genes of bats to help solve a persistent question in evolution: Why do analyses of different features of an organism result in conflicting patterns of evolutionary relationships? Their findings, “Understanding phylogenetic incongruence: lessons from phyllostomid bats,” appear Read More...

Homing In For A Blood-thirsty Meal

Vampire bats (Figure 1) are arguably one of the most feared and despised mammals. Their stealthy, nocturnal habits and their penchant for feeding on blood have made them Read More...

Eavesdropping for food

Echolocating bats emit auditory signals with foraging that can be detected and used by other bats in the neighborhood. For example, feeding buzzes, those rapid terminal pulses emitted when prey in detected, might alert nearby bats to a potential food source. Read More...