Giant burrowing bat from the Miocece of New Zealand

11 January 2018
Prof. Sue Hand (top) and Jenny Worthy (bottom) screen washing for microfossils at St Bathans, Central Otago. (Salisbury)

The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been been described by an international team of scientists.

Teeth and bones of the new fossil bat, which has been named Vulcanops jennyworthyae, were recovered from 19–16 million-year-old sediments near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island.

The study, by researchers from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA, is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Read the full UNSW news article here