Bats Convert Tongues Into Nectar Mops

A new study on how bats use their tongues to collect nectar could lead to a new generation of medical devices.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  showed that the bat Glossophaga soricina is able to rapidly engorge numerous hair-like structures on the tip of its tongue with blood to form a perfect mop for nectar. By extending the hair-like structures, both the surface area and length of the tongue are enhanced, allowing maximum efficiency for …

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