|Credit: Dorit Hockman from the University of Cambridge|
This cute alien-like thing is actually a bat embryo of the species Molossus rufus, the black mastiff bat. Adorable, ain't it?
The photo was taken by Dorit Hockman from the University of Cambridge during a study on the species' embryonic development. It was one of the finalists in the Nikon Small World 2012 photomicrography competition where it won the 20th position.
|Credit: Luis F. Aguirre|
- Nolte, M., Hockman, D., Cretekos, C., Behringer, R., & Rasweiler, J. (2009). Embryonic Staging System for the Black Mastiff Bat,(Molossidae), Correlated With Structure-Function Relationships in the Adult The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 292 (2), 155-168 DOI: 10.1002/ar.20835