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Digital illustration depicting a diverse group of flightless bats in New Zealand, ranging from small to large sizes, showcasing their unique adaptations and interactions with native fauna

Vulcanops survived in New Zealand past the Miocene


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Question: Write an alternative scenario where Vulcanops (the large burrowing bat from the Saint Bathans fauna) have survived past the Miocene in New Zealand, having adapted, diversified, and evolved into many small, medium-sized, and large flightless bats to deal with the changing climatic conditions of modern day New Zealand and deal with various other native fauna (including birds and flying bats).

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Sure, I can help you with that. In this alternative scenario, it's millions of years past the Miocene era. The Vulcanops, a large burrowing bat species, didn't go extinct. Instead, these resilient creatures have evolved and diversified to tackle the climatic gyrations and challenges offered by the modern-day New Zealand terrain. Their size adaptations took an impressive bent. The Vulcanops are no longer just the large, burrowing creatures they started as. New Zealand is the diverse playground of mini-Vulcanops, medium-sized Vulcanops, and giant Vulcanops. Yet, what defines these creatures distinctly from their ancestors is not their size but their loss of flight. The changing climatic conditions pushed them to evolve in this unique manner. Limited resources during cold waves frequently made them retreat into burrows, consequently favoring the flightless bat evolution, as wings became less necessary within the confined spaces. Over time, these Vulcanops began to develop sturdier limbs, akin to a rodent's, replacing their wings. They no longer flew to catch prey but hunted on the ground and within the labyrinthine burrow systems they'd developed. In effect, they became adept terrestrial hunters. Their evolution didn't stop there - their diets diversified too. Originally insectivores, some Vulcanops moved on to become frugivores. This move helped maintain a balance in the ecosystem, alongside New Zealand's famous bird species; some even specialize in feeding off detritus, hence reducing the competition within the ecosystem. Interestingly, these bats have developed a competitive edge against the other fauna species, including birds and flying bats. Their burrows are complex, providing shelter and a safe breeding environment, keeping them protected against predators. Their keen echolocation abilities have also morphed. Though the need for echolocation in flight is reduced, it has become even more important for navigating their underground homes and for hunting on land, particularly at night. Over millions of years, Vulcanops metamorphosed from being just the large burrowing bats of yore. They have achieved a balance with the other fauna in New Zealand, in survival, feeding, and breeding, turning this alternate world into a complex and diverse ecosystem that thrives on uncanny adaptations.

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Nov. 20, 2023, 4:11 p.m.

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Published: Monday, November 20, 2023

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