Thursday, 12 March 2015

Concept of hibernation challenged: Bat species is first mammal found hibernating at constant warm temperatures

March 10, 2015

American Friends of Tel Aviv University

The Middle East, with temperate winters, was until recently considered an unlikely host for hibernating mammals. Now new research is set to change the very concept of hibernation. Researchers discovered two species of the mouse-tailed bat that hibernate at the unusually warm and constant temperature of about 68°F in caves in Israel's Great Rift Valley.

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