Bats have a remarkably strong immune system that helps protect them from deadly diseases like Ebola. Researchers suggest this unique ability could be adapted to improve human health.
A species of vesper bat has largely expanded its range across Europe since the 1980s. Researchers say climate change is likely the cause.
When darkness falls, bats emerge from their cave dwellings to forage, relying on the echos of their own calls to locate prey. A new study suggests bats avoid noise overlap in large groups by increasing the volume, duration and repetition rate of their own unique signals.
Since the dawn of the 21st century bats, have been dying at an alarming rate. After combing through hundreds of years of data, researchers found humans may be making matters worse by installing wind turbines all over the world. And the spread of white-nosed syndrome across North America is certainly wiping out populations, too.
While some bat species have evolved with a resistance to Ebola, the virus in turn has evolved to overcome that resistance. Researchers have targeted the biological factors responsible for this resistance, which may aid Ebola prevention and outbreak management in the future.
Male crickets emit a high-frequency chirp to startle potential female mates into revealing their location. This, researchers say, likely evolved from males impersonating predatory bats.
Using fossil teeth, researchers from Stony Brook University have found an ancient nectar-drinking bat was probably omnivorous.
Bats use the extra weight in their wings to their advange and generate inertial forces that allow them to reorient themselves upside-down.
Although researchers have long believed mouse-eared bats strictly fed on insects, it appears they also consume local fruits. In doing so, they help to disperse seeds that ensures the growth of local fauna.
Halloween is often associated with many iconic, spooky animals. From spiders, to black cats, ravens, werewolves and vampire bats, innocent creatures seem to get a bad rep for the fear they instill in humans. But are the animals really all that spooky?
Usually it's assumed that bats' impressive echolocating -- finding their way through darkness via echoes bounced off objects -- is done in a certain way. But a new study says it's actually a far simpler maneuver.
Deciduous trees along rivers and streams provide protection from damaging solar radiation and valuable foliage every autumn. Fallen leaves act as a vital food source for insects, and keeping insect populations healthy could ultimately help river ecosystems combat climate change, researchers reveal in a new study.
Caucasian Parsley Frogs (Pelodytes punctatus) feed on insects breeding in the feces of bats in remote limestone caves near Russia, researchers discovered. Their study sheds light on the importance of species conservation.
Among all bat species, African straw-colored fruit bats are record-holding flyers. This enables them to successfully forage for food, while spreading seeds and pollen over wide-spread areas of Africa.
Using fossilized structures known as melanosomes, researchers concluded that an ancient bat species was reddish-brown in color. More importantly, the study suggests that melanin desposits from fossils can be used to determine the color of ancient species.