By John D. Altringham
new book, Bats: Biology and Behaviour, Dr. John D. Altringham
skillfully summarizes many of the most fascinating traits of bats, at the same time providing exceptional lessons in mammalian adaptation, co-evolution, and systematics.Drawing from 445 references, the book's eight chapters cover bat evolution, flight, echolocation, torpor and hibernation, reproduction and development, behavior, community ecology, and conservation.The information is accurately annotated with line drawings and illustrations, compiled in such a way that scientists, students, wildlife professionals, or bat enthusiasts will find it to be not only interesting reading but an invaluable reference.This book is an excellent investment for any natural history library. Altringham, a longtime BCI member, holds a senior academic post studying comparative physiology at the University of Leeds in England.His
extensive studies of bats include ecology, behavior, and the biomechanics of locomotion.