Bat Trivia: Is it a flying mouse?

Bats belong to the order Pterodactyl, not the same rodent as the mouse. This is a long-standing cognitive…

Bats belong to the order Pterodactyl, not the same rodent as the mouse. This is a long-standing cognitive error, as the word “bat” is similar to “rat” in many languages, for example the bat “Fledermaus” means “trembling” and “rat” in German.


Bat Trivia: Is it a flying mouse?
Bat Trivia: Is it a flying mouse?

Bats and mice are not closely related. In fact, on the molecular phylogenetic tree of mammals, humans and rodents are closer than bats!

So it is a rumor that bats are flying mice.

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