A new orange and black bat species is always ready for Halloween

Orange and black bat species

Bats, better known for their mousy looks, can have a colorful side. A new species, discovered when two bats were caught at an abandoned miners’ tunnel in western Africa, sports showy swathes of orange fur. The new finds “are just gorgeous,” says mammalogist Nancy Simmons of the National Museum of Natural History in New York […]

Scientists discover new ‘spectacular’ bat from West Africa

Myotis nimbaensis, shown here, is a new species of bat named for the mountain range in which it is found, the Nimba Mountains in West Africa. Credit: © Bat Conservation International A group of scientists led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International have discovered a new species of a striking […]

DNA in fringe-lipped bat feces reveals unexpected eating habits — ScienceDaily

Feces is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive tracts and comes out again. Feces contains very precise information about the prey species consumed. At the Smithsonian […]

Why bat scientists are socially distancing from their subjects

There’s nothing Winifred Frick likes better than crawling through guano-filled caves and coming face-to-face with bats. As chief scientist of Bat Conservation International, she is on a mission to promote understanding of bats and protect imperiled species from extinction. For months, though, Frick has avoided research that would put her within spitting distance of bats. […]

DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

Hypothesized approach of a sleeping white-necked jacobin, Florisuga mellivora, by the fringe-lipped bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Credit: Amy Koehler Poop is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive […]

Bat Guano Traces Changes in Agriculture and Hurricane Activity

Ice cores and tree rings are natural record keepers. Now, researchers have used a complementary but potentially stinkier data set—bat guano—to peer into the past. After analyzing bits of pollen in excrement found in two caves in Jamaica, scientists believe they’ve pinpointed changes in agricultural production and hurricane activity. Into the Depths On […]