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Published October 25, 2013, 08:32 PM

Batty for sound

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An NDSU researcher found that a species of bats has surround-sound in their homes.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An NDSU researcher found that a species of bats has surround-sound in their homes.

Biologist Erin Gillam found that bats in Costa Rica use their home to help them communicate.

They live in furrowed leaves that amplify their calls to one another.

This is the first bat species found to communicate this way.

Dr. Erin Gillam- Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences: "The fact that they happen to live in these leaves; the shape of the leaves means that that process is probably happening more effectively than it would if they were just calling out in the open to each other, so it should make the whole system run more smoothly and efficiently."

Gillam's findings were recently published in the "Proceedings of the Royal Society" scientific journal.

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