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When Bats Took Flight (Science Ink Sunday)

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Brandon Klug writes, “I got this tattoo in January 2009 during the first year of my MSc research and it encompasses a lot of my scientific interests. My background is in zoology and I have a fascination with anatomy, specifically anything to do with the musculoskeletal system. When I got the tattoo, I was studying adaptations of reproductive and newborn tree-bats in Canada and very quickly became hooked on these amazing animals. One of the biggest puzzles in bat evolution was the question of whether they echolocated or flew first, and this fossil (Onychonycteris finneyi), the oldest bat fossil (52 million years old) yet discovered, led to the conclusion that bats evolved the ability to fly before they developed echolocation. In general, this tattoo represents my love for anatomy, evolution, and bats in general.”

By pure coincidence, I wrote about Onychonycteris finneyi when it was first unveiled in 2008. Here’s my Loom post.

You can see the rest of the Science Tattoo Emporium here and in Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

There are 4 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Christopher Moore
    February 11, 2013

    If we have science ink photos, where can we send them? Thanks!

    [CZ: Absolutely.]

  2. Nancy Simmons
    February 11, 2013

    I was the lead author on the scientific description of Onychonycteris, and I have always thought that this was a fabulous tattoo! I was very surprised the first time I saw it….. but I recognized it right away. Quite a thrill!

  3. Christopher Moore
    February 17, 2013

    Hi CZ: Sorry, but WHERE can we send them? Thanks!

  4. Harry Mikolowski
    November 8, 2013

    i am sorry but do not agree with any of you because the Bible God’s (Holy & Inspired Word) say that on Day 5 in 20. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21.And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
    22.And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
    23.And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23 King James Version
    and what these couple of verses tell is that bats and other flying mammals would have been created on the fifth day of creation & that even though there might have been only one type of bat created during the Bible times or a vast variety of bats, I don’t know. but one thing I do know is that every thing that GOD created is 100% complete & 100% mature

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