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Covid-19: bat species must be clearly defined if scientists are to trace virus origins, researchers say

Horseshoe bats are a critical piece of the Covid-19 origins tracing puzzle but bat researchers say a lack of knowledge about hidden species makes preventing the next pandemic extremely difficult. There are more than a 100 species identified within the horseshoe, or rhinolophidae family of bats, and some have been linked to several zoonotic viruses, including the Sars coronavirus. The family gets its common name from the shape of its nose-leaves, the skin growths on many species of bats…

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