Nature’s weirdest: This honking hammerhead bat has the world’s strangest nostrils (www.sciencefocus.com)
from tedu to honkers on 29 Mar 04:58
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With a face that would not look out of place amidst the Notre Dame gargoyles, the hammerhead bat is what the French would call ‘jolie laide’. The phrase, which literally translates as ‘pretty ugly’ refers to a beauty that defies conventional standards.

With the ears of Yoda, the face of the racehorse Desert Orchid, and nostrils that resemble some kind of sea creature, the hammerhead bat’s face is one messed-up mash-up. Until you realise that this oddly–proportioned animal is an evolutionary triumph, that is.

A lonesome hammer-headed fruit bat gazing into the camera

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