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Bat Skeleton Plaque is museum quality polyurethane cast. The Bat Skeleton Plaque is Made in USA. Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera. Our precise bat skeleton can be used as a teaching tool, museum skeleton exhibit, home decor skeleton, or office decor skeleton. Early Eocene mammal. Lower Green River Formation. Lincoln County, Wyoming.
Bats or Chiroptera forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more maneuverable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane.
These were traditionally divided into two suborders: the largely fruit-eating mega bats, and the echolocating microbats. But more recent evidence has supported dividing the order into Yinpterochiroptera and Yangochiroptera, with megabats as members of the former along with several species of microbats.
Many bats or Chiroptera are insectivores, and most of the rest are fruit-eaters. A few species feed on animals other than insects; for example, the vampire bats feed on blood. Most are nocturnal, and many roost in caves or other refuges; it is uncertain whether bats have these behaviors to escape predators.
They are present throughout the world, with the exception of extremely cold regions. They are important in their ecosystems for pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds; many tropical plants depend entirely on bats for these services.
Chiroptera provide humans with some direct benefits, at the cost of some disadvantages. Their dung has been and in many places still is mined as guano from caves and used as fertiliser. Chiroptera consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides and other insect management measures.
They are sometimes numerous enough and close enough to human settlements to serve as tourist attractions, and they are used as food across Asia and the Pacific Rim.
On the disadvantages side, fruit bats are frequently considered pests by fruit growers. Due to their physiology, they are one type of animal that acts as a natural reservoir of many pathogens, such as rabies; and since they are highly mobile, social, and long-lived, they can readily spread disease among themselves.
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