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Publication of the book Chauves-souris : Rencontres aux frontières entre les espèces, CNRS Editions


If the Sars-Cov2 virus has placed bats in the spotlight as its animal reservoir, this order of mammals, the most diverse and the most widespread after that of rodents, occupies in the different human cultures a unique position. Bats indeed seem to transgress the symbolic boundaries between diurnal and nocturnal, wild and domestic, high and low. Their unique physiology of flying mammals makes them objects of curiosity for research from mathematics to microbiology, ecology and anthropology. As bats get closer to human habitats due to environmental changes, the relationships humans build with them play a major role in the preservation and disruption of ecosystem balances. This book, gathering ecologists, virologists and anthropologists, proposes to map the different modes of encounter and attachment between humans and bats, in a context of species extinction and health risks.


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