Bats Make Superfast Muscle Shortlist

October 9, 2012
Myotis daubentoni

Photo by Gilles San Martin/Wikimedia

New research into superfast muscles has revealed that bats are one of the few species that possess the rare tissue.

Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark‘s Center for Sound Communication looking at free-flying Daubenton’s bats discovered the bats have superfast muscles that are responsible for helping control the tension in a bat’s larynx. These unique muscles facilitate the 160 or more echolocation calls per second the bats send as they close in on their prey.

The short list of mammals that are known to possess the rare muscles include rattlesnakes, fish and songbirds which use their superfast muscles to allow them to modulate volume and pitch at 250 times per second.

The results of the study are published in the latest edition of the journal Science.

Bats Have Fastest Mammal Muscles [Discovery News]

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