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Bats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book by Don E. Wilson (1997)



Paperback in Very Good (VG) condition. Please see our guide to book conditions for more details.

Seeking to dispel the myths associated with these remarkable creatures and arguing far their key role in a balanced ecosystem, Bats in Question covers all aspects of bat biology in a practical question-and-answer format. Describing where bats live, how they use echolocation to navigate, and even why they hang upside down, the book also gives the conservation status of all 925 bat species. Don E. Wilson traces the evolution of bats and shows their remarkable diversity by describing each of the major groups in terms of their different body structures and habitats. He also sheds light on bats complex social systems, extraordinary variation in size, and food preferences that encompass plants, insects, and mammals. The book also explores cultural attitudes about bats - telling how, until recently, bats had been relegated to the world of vampires and how they have emerged to take their place in public awareness as important and fascinating members of our ecosystems. Illustrated with striking color photographs, this book invites both children and adults to better acquaint themselves with bats in order to understand the need to maintain viable populations of them in a rapidly shrinking natural world.