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Slo-Mo Video of Bats Flying

May 30, 2014

Thanks to Futurity.org, I bring you gorgeous video of a bat flying in slow-motion. Researchers from Brown University and the University of Missouri put Jamaican fruit bats (Artibeus jamaicensis) into a wind tunnel to record what hair-thin muscles (called plagiopatagiales) embedded in the thin membrane of bats’ wings actually do when bats are in flight. The researchers found that these tiny muscles work together to help shape bats’ wings, and activate and relax during each wingbeat (exactly what they do changes depending on flight conditions — how fast the bat is flying, wind speed, etc.).

What amazing creatures! And, of course, we can find bats in our cities and suburbs (although threats such as White-Nose Syndrome are causing harm to some of our urban bats, such as little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus).

This reminds me of a video I told you about a while back — slow motion of an owl in flight.

Jamaican fruit bat, Artibeus jamaicensis, By Karin Schneeberger alias Felineora (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Jamaican fruit bat, Artibeus jamaicensis, By Karin Schneeberger alias Felineora (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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