New paper!! Adaptive shifts in skull shape evolution in bats

An image of two bat skulls.
Skulls of a common blossom bat, Syconycteris australis (left) and a grey-headed flying fox, Pteropus poliocephalus(right).Dennis Wise/University of Washington

In a new and exciting paper in Nature Communications, we present the results of phylogenetic comparative analyses across hundreds of bat species, and demonstrate how two major forces –echolocation and diet– shaped the diversity of bat skulls over their evolutionary history. Check out this press release highlighting the main results of the paper, and the methods we used!