01 Oct '11, 6pm

First Usain Bolt, and now, Bats | Nature | The Earth Times

First Usain Bolt, and now, Bats | Nature | The Earth Times

Aerial attack of Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) on a mealworm slowed down ten times. Just before the bat catches its prey, echolocation calls stop. Danish and Pennsylvanian researchers have combined forces and revealed a true superfast muscle in the larynx of bats. The unique audio reception of the bats is aided by this truly freaky muscle that contracts 100X faster than normal muscle and 20X faster than the fastest human muscle, surrounding the eye. Weep ye who admire Mr. Bolts 100 metres: this bat could do it a little better, in 0.1 seconds! Dr. Coen Elemans, John Ratcliffe and Lasse Jakobsen of Denmark, along with Andrew Mead, from the University of Pennsylvania collaborated on the study. Forthe first time in mammals, superfast muscle tissue similar to bird's vocal organs, rattlesnake tails and some fish have been located. The toadfish holds the record incredibly,...

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