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'Dracula’s Children' : Vampire Bats

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:34 PM

Millions of years ago, some bats gave up their old habits of hunting for insects and tried something new: drinking blood. These creatures evolved into today’s vampire bats, and it’s mind-boggling to explore all the ways that they evolved to make the most of their sanguine meal.

A lot of the adaptations are easy enough to see with the naked eye. Vampire bats have Dracula-style teeth, for example, which they use to puncture the tough hide of cows. When they open up a crater-shaped wound, they dip in their long tongue, which contains two straw-shaped ducts that take up the blood.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:43 PM

Cool.
I wonder, however, what happened to the vampire bats environment that basically forced it to find other sources of nourishment?
Did the bugs they used to eat go extinct? Did the bugs evolve in a manner that made them inedible to the bats?

Still..they're kinda cute.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:58 PM

BATS RULE !!
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