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Curr Biol. 2008 Sep 9;18(17):R740-R742. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.038.

Animal sociality: bat colonies are founded by relatives.

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  • 1Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne - Biophore, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


Most bat species breed communally, but how their colonies are founded is a mystery. A recent study suggests that the formation of a new colony starts with related females splitting off from an existing colony.

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