Using advanced imaging technology, the researchers were able to see how bats travel through the air.
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Researchers have captured a stunning X-ray video of a bat in flight. According to the researchers, bats are equipped to stretch and keep energy in their bicep and tricep tendons while taking off and climbing. This ability provides an extra power boost for the winged mammals. Using advanced imaging technology, the researchers were able to see how bats travel through the air.
According to study leader Nicolai Konow of Brown University, elbow extension takes place utilizing “recycled” energy stored in the triceps tendon. Konow believes this is a unique ability, as tiny mammal limb tendons are believed to be too thick and stiff to be stretched.