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Giant bat: Remains of extinct burrowing bat found in New Zealand

From BBC - January 11, 2018

The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found on the country's South Island.

The teeth and bones of the extinct bat were found to be three times the size of an average modern bat.

The bat, which weighed around 40g (1.41oz), not only flew but also scurried about on all fours looking for food.

The remains were recovered from ancient sediments near the town of St Bathans.

A team of international scientists made the discovery over the course of 15 years. Their findings were published in the Scientific Reports journal on Wednesday.

The bat has been named Vulcanops jennyworthyae after research team member Jenny Worthy who found the fossils, and Vulcan the mythological Roman god of fire and volcanoes.

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