Bats: Twilight Zone (Science World)
Did you know that there are more than 1,100 different bat species? Or that scientists have not yet figured out how all these species are related? Explore the challenges of studying these night fliers.
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This online article is from the Museum's Science Explorations, a collaboration between AMNH and Scholastic designed to promote science literacy. Written for students in grades 6-10, this article from Science World magazine has the following content.
- An interview with AMNH zoologist Nancy Simmons, in which she discusses her research and the scientific challenges she faces in her quest to build a more complete bat family tree
- Web links that offer further opportunities for learning about bat adaptations and their role in the planet's biodiversity
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biology with an activity drawn from this online Science Explorations article.
- Send students to this online article, or print copies of it for them to read.
- Working individually or in groups, have students select a bat species to research for a classroom presentation. They should focus on the bat's adaptations and the role it plays in its habitat.