How Bats Took Over the Night by Staff Writers Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Dec 13, 2013
The results suggest that echolocation gives bats a huge evolutionary advantage, allowing them to track insects from further away and with greater accuracy at peak feeding time. Echolocation also, of course, allows bats to continue hunting into the night, when their competitors are blinded by darkness.
Blessed with the power of echolocation – reflected sound – bats rule the night skies. There are more than 1,000 species of these echolocating night creatures, compared with just 80 species of non-echolocating nocturnal birds. And while it seems that echolocation works together with normal vision to give bats an evolutionary edge, nobody knows exactly how.
Now Dr. Arjan Boonman and Dr. Yossi Yovel of Tel Aviv University’s Department of…
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