An enormous bat that walked on four limbs stalked the ancient rainforests of New Zealand 16 million years ago, scientists reveal in a finding that at long last grounds Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 in historical fact.
Three times larger than today's average bat, the mystacina miocenalis is even being referred to as "Batman," at least by the Daily Mail. (What is it with British newspapers and Batman, anyway?) Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains near Central Otago in sediment from a prehistoric body of water known as Lake Manuherikia, part of a subtropical rainforest.
Weighing an estimated 40 grams, the king-size bat ate fruit, nectar, pollen, insects and spiders.
The findings, by researchers from the University of New South Wales, University of Otago and South Australia's Flinders University, are detailed in the scientific journal PLOS One.
Missing from their paper is any mention of a utility belt, or evidence of Omega Beams.