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He was walking on all four legs

Archaeologists have found this fossilized bats this triple bigger than these today.

The fossilized remains of a brave bat that lived more than 10 million years ago in New Zealand were recently discovered on the South Island.

Bones and teeth and extinct animals are even three times larger than the ones found in today's average bats, scientists confirm. The bat had a weight of about 40 grams and did not just fly, but walked on all four legs when he was looking for food.

Remnants were found in rock deposits that are aged between 16 and 19 million years old, near the mining town of St. Bathans. A professional team of international archaeologists has been researching for 15 years. Their great discovery was published this week in a professional scientific journal Scientific Journal .

This bat was named Vulcanops jennyworthyae, according to a member of the scientific team Jenny Worthy who also found fossils and to Vulcan, a mythological Roman god of fire. It is interesting that the otherwise known name of the bat (or netopira), otherwise the order within the subclass of the higher mammals, is derived from the Greek language and in the literal translation it meant "winged arms."

The big teeth of this gigantic bat say how he had a rather varied diet in relation to his present-day Australian-born kin.

"His specialized teeth and body show us to feed a variety of things, from plants to tiny vertebrates, something like South American relatives," explained Professor Sue Hand from the University of New South Wales. "That's not the case today with our Australian bats," she added.

This is the first new breed of bat that has been added to the New Zealand fauna list for more than 150 years

About 50 million years ago, this area was part of the southern superconstantine of Gondwana. However, by splitting the enormous land mass and by cooling the climate and growing the ice cover in Antarctica, the Australasian bats are thus isolated from their South American relatives.

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