Fifty-two things to do with a bat wing

Fifty-two things to do with a bat wing

Scientists record a host of nonflight duties that might influence wing structure

By Susan Milius, 23:17 PM January 7, 2009

BOSTON — Wings are for swimming. Boxing. Catching a falling baby.

So far, bat biologist Thomas Kunz of Boston University and his colleagues have come up with 52 things bats do with their wings besides fly. Flight may be the main job for wings, but other uses deserve study too, Kunz said January 4 at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Nonflight tasks might have had their own influences on wing evolution, Kunz said, calling the unusual listing project ...

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