Bat researchers discover new species on St. Vincent island

PhysOrg.com - At first glance, the bat captured in St. Vincent looked like a common type found in South America. But after closer inspection, Texas Tech University biologists discovered a new species found only on the Caribbean island and whose origins probably trace back to a dramatic marooning after glaciers receded and sea levels rose.

At first glance, the bat captured in St. Vincent looked like a common type found in South America.

But after closer inspection, Texas Tech University discovered a new species found only on the Caribbean island and whose origins probably trace back to a dramatic marooning after glaciers receded and sea levels rose.

The discovery was made by Peter Larsen, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of , and Lizette Siles, graduate student of . It was featured in the online version of the peer-reviewed journal, Mammalian Biology.

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