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The Vampire Diaries

February 5, 2012 3 comments

Hey guys for today, I thought this article could be a little more “girly” I suppose.  I wanted to compare to completely different ideas and still have it be “scientific.” I found an article that discusses the topic of what scientists call “bat-flies.” The fossils of these bat flies have shown that they are at least 20 million years old but only now have they been recently identified.

I am sure that many of you know the Tv series “The Vampire Diaries.” I will admit that I am guilty of loving it despite how girly and cliche it might be. The men in that show, in my opinion,  are really attractive  and the story is actually good. Anyway, when I think about vampires, I think about the Tv shows we watch and the fictional novels that consist of these characters. But in reality, vampires are small creatures and they will feed on anything.

We do have information on bats but these “bat-flies” are fairly new to us. The idea that these bat flies are 20 million years old and that they have been recently discovered, startled me a bit. Oregon State University scholars discovered the fossil of this interesting creature. These flies are a said to be a great example of scientific evolution.

They are also said to have taken revenge on bats. The flies are the parasites for bats. So technically bats had their own “vampires” to worry about. The flies would only leave the bats they were feeding on during mating season. They would then quickly return to their normal habits.

I just thought it would be interesting to compare these two ideas of “vampires”. The modern definition of vampires are tall, dark and handsome but in reality the definition of vampire is small and deadly creature.

So what do you guys prefer? The men in Vampire Diaries or bats and flies? I’m pretty sure I know your answer. Who else loves

” The Vampire Diaries”? Am I the only one?


The bat-Fly