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Building Blocks: Bat Talk

Time for a quick bat chat?

By Eric BetzMar 10, 2017 12:00 AM
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(Credit: Kim Taylor/Nature PL)

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It turns out that bats have one-on-one chats, a behavior previously observed in just a few creatures such as primates and dolphins. Tel Aviv University researchers studied 15,000 Egyptian fruit bat calls over 75 days and pinpointed specific vocalizations in the cacophony for the first time. Learning the nuances of these conversations will help experts build a better picture of bat societies.

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