Cape Town 2016, kt., 154 Seiten, Abb. In Greek mythology, the chimera was a hybrid
monster made up of the parts of different animals. Bats look
like they have the body of a mouse, the face of a gargoyle or fox, and the
wings of a pterosaur, giving rise to this book’s title. Evolution’s Chimera
describes the amazing physical and behavioral adaptations of bats, using them
to illustrate the processes of natural evolution. Bats comprise a quarter of all mammals in the world and are the only
mammals that can fly. They occupy every landmass and almost every habitat on
Earth, except for the Antarctic, and make up the second-most diverse group of
mammals on the planet, numbering more than 1,270 species. They are therefore
ideal for the study of how evolution generates the diversity that is the most
outstanding characteristic of life.
- JACOBS, D.