Myzopoda schliemanni

2010 August 4

The newfound mammal lives only in Madagascar's dry western forests, while its cousin is found in the more humid woodlands to the east. The international team of scientists who made the find suggests that the new bat may be uniquely adapted to Madagascar's vanishing forests. Only eight percent of the country's original forest cover remains, the scientists estimate, as farmers burn large swaths to make way for farmland and cut down trees for fuel.

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