Nectar-eating bats use tongue erections to drink

05/7/2013 |

Researchers have found that when bats drink nectar, blood rushes to their tongues, making hairs there called papillae stand up, allowing the bat to drink more liquid than it could with a smooth tongue. Scientists say the discovery could aid the development of better surgical tools. "They could be really useful [inspiration] in bending around the curves of blood vessels and intestines, but also, they may minimize damage to some of those soft tissue structures," said study researcher Cally Harper of Brown University.

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