Research Shows Bats Demonstrate Surprising Longevity

Research Shows Bats Demonstrate Surprising Longevity

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1099 , Segment 2

Episode: Common Ground, Bat Longevity, Thermostats and Gender

  • Jun 24, 2019 10:00 pm
  • 14:11 mins

Guest: Gerald Wilkinson, Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland For most mammals, the larger they are the longer they live. Larger mammals have slower metabolisms and longer lifespans as a result. That's why most pet owners are around longer than their animals. The notable exception to this rule is the bat, which lives much longer than other mammals of comparable size. In fact, researchers recently published that "Nineteen species of mammals live longer than humans, given their body size, of which 18 are bats." Scientists have made some remarkable discoveries as to why bats live so long. Part of it stems from body temperature fluctuation, hibernation, and differing sizes between males and females.

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