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Planet Earth

Bat's Very Strange-Looking Nose May Be Used For Echolocation

80beatsBy Sarah ZhangFebruary 28, 2012 12:01 AM

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Whatcha looking at? This is just my face.

This new leaf-nosed bat species was recently discovered

in Vietnam. What's with the strange nose? Scientists think that its protuberances and indentations help the bat in echolocation. Come to think of it, it does kind of resemble another excellent sound detector: the inside a cat's ear

. As strange as the Hipposideros griffini's nose is, it's really got nothing on the star-nosed mole

. [via National Geographic News

]

Image courtesy of Vu Dinh Thong / Journal of Mammalogy

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