Meet Vulcanops, Giant Burrowing Bat and Ghost of Gondwana

Where might you expect to find fossils of a giant burrowing bat, three times bigger than today’s average bat? Why, in St. Bathans, New Zealand, of course. Vulcanops jennyworthyae, which lived more than 15 million years ago, tells a fascinating story of a lost world.

No offense to Jenny Worthy, the team member honored in the new fossil bat’s species name, but I’m going to call this little beauty by its genus name, Vulcanops, coincidentally the first new bat genus discovered in New Zealan

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