South American bat species spotted for first time in over 100 years

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The strange big-eared brown bat (Histiotus alienus)

Vinícius C. Cláudio

After more than a century, a missing bat is back. The Brazilian species hadn’t been seen since it was first described by scientists in 1916. But a bat collected by researchers in 2018 appears to be a member of the mysterious species, becoming only the second such specimen known.

In November 2018, Vinícius Cardoso Cláudio, then at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and his colleagues were conducting a field survey in the Brazilian state of Paraná for the …

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