Palaeontologists have discovered teeth and bones belonging to an ancient species of burrowing bat.
The species, named Vulcanops jennyworthyae, inhabited New Zealand around 16 million years ago.
Burrowing bats are a unique group of mammals only found in New Zealand.
These animals not only fly, but crawl along the ground too, and are equipped with specialised claws that enable them to do so.
Researchers in the Middle East have asked for seeds including those of wheat, barley and grasses, all of which are chosen because especially resistant to dry conditions. It is the first withdrawal from the bank, which was built in 2008. Those researchers would normally request the seeds from a bank in Aleppo. But that centre has been damaged by the war — while some of its functions continue, and its cold storage still works, it has been unable to provide the seeds that are needed by the rest of …
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