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‘Superfast’ Muscles

September 30th, 2011 · No Comments

‘Superfast’ Muscles Responsible for Bat EcholocationScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2011) — As nocturnal animals, bats rely echolocation to navigate and hunt prey. By bouncing sound waves off objects, including the bugs that are their main diet, bats can produce an accurate representation of their environment in total darkness. Now, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that this amazing ability is enabled by a physical trait never before seen in mammals: so-called “superfast” muscles.

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