Why are bats the only mammal to have evolved flight?
It seems like there's a shit load of different bat species all over the world. What if more than one mammal species evolved into bats and we just call the bats now?
Night airborne hunter was a niche not filled by birds since they rely on sight. So mammals somehow evolved flight and echolocation instead of some bird just evolving echolocation. Thats what they want you to believe anyway. Me, i think god made a funny looking flying mammal and thought ok thats enough of that
>Night airborne hunter was a niche not filled by birds since they rely on sight
>what are Owls
>Only mammal to evolve flight
Spectral Bat, the largest carnivorous bat eats rodents.
Because it's one of the only mammals that has needed too. Most are too large or don't have a good source that would be made easier with flight.
So to evolve wings you'd need to have a mammal with a small size, a food source that requires flight as well as provides enough energy to keep the animal airborn and a longer travel distances for food (further distributed trees for example). Other small mammals have learned to glide as a way to move faster but with how dense the forests are that they live in they don't need to do more then glide from one place to another, like sugar gliders, flying squirrels and flying lemurs lemurs.
That's cute bat. Post more.
>it's been over half a decade since /vp/ was entertaining
I've witnessed so much bird on bird carnage on these webcams it's unreal. If it isn't an owl or eagle attack it's death by siblicide, and I've even seen a mother osprey turn on her chicks.
Birds are savage.
Nightjars do exact that while looking extremely stupid as well.
>the only mammal to have evolved flight
You fucking Christians.... you guys set humanity back 1000 yrs.. get with the times.
The modern bat most likley Evolved frm a small Blind rodent like creature, akin to a mole
Then developed flaps of skin dat would turn it to a gliding creature to get to better sources of food, for nesecity
Then form the bony structures of wings....with millenia practicing catching food blindly....they devloped their remaining senses, sound, voice...which gave them the rcholocation they have today
Its not that hard to figure out
The real question is, why are bat faces so fucking weird?
Does any other species of animal on the planet have such a massive variety of strange, almost alien faces in their group?
There's so many weird folds and bizarre nose shapes, as well as insane differences in the sizes of eyes and noses and ears.
noise and sound. The ones with the real fucked up faces probably are like that so their feedback pings a specific way on a specific target.
The ones with bigger ears are more about doppler radar
>Does any other species of animal on the planet have such a massive variety of strange, almost alien faces in their group?
The Diptera family of insects (flies and their relatives).
Bats are at the top of weird looks for mammals though.
You mean Darwinian Evolution?
Convergent evolution is a shitty excuse to explain the eerie similarities between species.
>What is Hitler
>What is Marx
>What is Kinsey
Darwinian Evolution is not experimental science.
Natural Selection =/= Darwinian Evolution.
Notice that I did not appeal to religion even once here before you respond, fedora tippers.
> The Magic Evofairy did it!
Your theory is your sacred cow. It doesn't hold up under scrutiny.
>it doesn't hold up under scrutiny
holy shit the hypocrisy. Creationists believe the bible is infallible, therefore the scientific method can't even be applied to it.
It's like if I made a theory that said "Creationism is actually just promoted by jews in order to degrade and discredit christianity" and the only evidence I had for it is that /pol/ said so. But /pol/ is always right, so that point can't be argued.
t. went to a creationist middle school for 2 miserable years of my childhood