Bat in wind tunnel from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.

Bats are mysterious creatures to me mainly because I hardly ever see them and when I do, it’s nighttime so it’s literally hard to make out physical features. So when I read over at Discover Magazine about the new discoveries being made in bat research I was thankful that they also included wonderful slow-motion videos to compliment the article.

The article talks briefly about the differences between bats and birds and the evolutionary track of different species of bat which is directly related to their geographic location and/or living circumstances.

The article really is an enlightening read and the videos do great justice in case you aren’t quite getting what’s being written. I’ve included the videos inside, but really, you should just head on over to Discover Magazine to read the full article.

PS: I love how the videos are unusually formatted. Makes it interesting to watch (but also a bit annoying if you’re using a low screen resolution).


Bat on flower from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.


Vampire running! from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.


Vampire walking from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.


Bat making 4 point landing from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.


2 point landing from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo.