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Feb 1 2022

E&E Seminar: “Perspectives on the diversification of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera)” by Bruce Patterson (Field Museum)

February 1, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Please join us for an E&E seminar on Feb 1, 2022. Bruce Patterson (Field Museum)  will present "Perspectives on the diversification of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera)"

Host: Robie Mason-Gamer

Abstract: Bats are one of three vertebrate groups to master powered flight, and their unparalleled acoustic abilities have made them one of the most successful mammalian radiations. Relatively recent genetic and acoustic advances have greatly aided efforts to inventory this group, which currently numbers 1445 species in 21 different families. More than a quarter of all bat species were not recognized as distinct 15 years ago, reshaping our understanding of the group’s diversification. Bats are most speciose in the tropics, where many of the newly discovered species find homes. The process of species discovery is illustrated with the ongoing “Bats of Kenya” project, a collaborative effort of Field Museum of Natural History, National Museums of Kenya, Maasai Mara University, and Kenya Wildlife Service that has spanned the last decade and has involved many contributors.


Emily Beaufort

Date posted

Dec 1, 2021

Date updated

Jan 25, 2022