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Bats, Bones, and Biology

Are there vampire bats waiting to drink your blood? Do we have a funny bone in our body? These are just a few of the things Dr. Biology and his guests Rebecca Fisher and Elizabeth Hagen talk about on this show. You can even listen to some real bat chatter.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
Do bats drink blood and what do they eat? [vampire bats] 02:18
Bat size. [Bumblebee and Flying Fox bats] 04:11
Are bats blind? 05:29
How do bats navigate at night? [echo location] 05:53
Ultrasonic sounds 07:05
Listen to two bat call sounds - 07:31
Can other animals hear bat calls? 09:34
Why do we need bats? What would the world be like with bats? 09:48
How many kinds of bats are there in the world? 10:25
One of the stranger looking bats. 10:33
What's different about bat skeletons and why are they the only mammals that fly? 11:08
What do our bones do for us? 13:15
What does a paleontologist do? 15:17
What's the largest bone or skeleton you have studied? 16:00
What is the largest bone of any animal? 16:46
What's the smallest bone of any animal? 17:14
Do we have a funny bone? 18:13
Easy way to remember how many bones are in the adult human skeleton. 19:44
What happened to all the extra bones we have when we are born? [cartilage and bond - connective tissue] 20:17
What is cartilage and what is bone? 22:35
What does it take to have really strong bones? [milk - dairy - vitamin D] 23:26
Three questions - when did you first know you wanted to be a scientist? 24:04
What would you do or be if you could not be a biologist? 26:15
What advice do you have for someone wanting to be a biologist? 27:25
Sign-off - Bat article - Yo-Yo Skeleton coloring page 29:38

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Bats, Bones, and Biology

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Visit our story on Bats or our section on Bones to learn more.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.