Extended ageing in Microchiroptera

Dr Jim Cummins cummins at POSSUM.MURDOCH.EDU.AU
Tue Oct 25 21:16:19 EST 1994


A recent report in a local journal (Tideman, CR "Meat Markets and Chastity
Belts" Australian Natural History 1994 p 66-67) suggests that
Microchiropteran bats, with body masses equivalent to mice, can
nevertheless live more than 30 years.  
 
(1) Does anyone in this group know of active research on ageing in bats;

(2) Any ideas as to the possible mechanism(s)?

Yours, virtually:-

Jim "Spermatology rules o~ o~ o~ o~" Cummins

Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy
Murdoch University,
Murdoch Western Australia 6150
Tel +61-9-360 2668
Fax +61-9-310 4144
E mail cummins at possum.murdoch.edu.au








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