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The Genes Vampires Lost
According to a preprint, the common vampire bat lacks 13 genes present in other bat species, which may help explain their blood-only diet and other curious aspects of their lifestyle.
The Genes Vampires Lost
The Genes Vampires Lost

According to a preprint, the common vampire bat lacks 13 genes present in other bat species, which may help explain their blood-only diet and other curious aspects of their lifestyle.

According to a preprint, the common vampire bat lacks 13 genes present in other bat species, which may help explain their blood-only diet and other curious aspects of their lifestyle.

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Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Bats that share food with their hungry cage-mates stay close after being released.
Genomic Particularities Hint at Vampire Bat’s Ability to Live Off Blood
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2018
In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.