It is an important finding because this species is not common in the fossil record. In fact, the discovery of Nyctalus lasiopterus at the Abríc Romaní site (Capellades, Barcelona) is one of the few cases of fossils existing on the species in the European Pleistocene," says Juan Manuel López-García, principal author of the work and researcher at the Institute of Social Evolution and Human Palaeoecology at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV).
Before he became a specialist in ancient diseases inside equally ancient bugs, Poinar had worked on attempting to extract DNA from insects trapped in amber—work which author Michael Crichton has acknowledged as part of his inspiration for Jurassic Park.
But no ancient bats will be reconstructed from this specimen, even if it were possible.
"As far as I'm concerned," Poinar said, "this specimen is so rare that we wouldn't want to attempt to try it."
Galvasean wrote: »
National Geographic's take on it:http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120210-vampire-bat-fly-amber-malaria-parasites-animals-science/
Adam Khor wrote: »
Not truly a giant as claimed; just bigger than its modern equivalents. I have yet to see anything about a truly big prehistoric bat (anything comparable to today's flying foxes)https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/100478460/giant-extinct-burrowing-bat-discovered-in-south-island