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Bats Use Echo Templates to Recognize Key Places

The animals recognize places by remembering how they sound, a new study suggests.

August 2, 2016
3:28 PM EDT
This artificial bat boasted ultrasonic microphones and speakers to act as ears and a mouth, to gather echoes from different locations and assess the templates from the data. Credit: Vanderelst et al., eLife, 2016
Here's the 'bat' in action, in a park in Israel. The echo catchment distances were greater in this corridor of boulders than in the corridor of vegetation in the Royal Fort Gardens, suggesting that bats can use boulders and other such landmarks for mapping. Credit: Vanderelst et al., eLife