Do you know that an animal can predict the future?
Now, a new study has revealed that bats can predict the future. They can consistently predict the future of their prey.
According to the study published in the journal PNAS, bats accurately predict the location of their prey, and more importantly, its future location, by taking advantage of the echo of the sounds of their prey. Scientists have also supported this very serious theory with a mathematical model.
The study’s senior author, Psychology and Brain Sciences professor Cynthia F. Moss said, “Just as a tennis player needs to know in advance when and where to hit the ball, a bat needs to know in advance when and where to connect the insect it hunts. The insect flies.”
The delay in the echoes technically causes the bat to pinpoint its prey’s location in the past.
According to researchers, bats would surely be unsuccessful predators if they hunted relying solely on information from echoes. But because bats predict the future position of their prey with the information they gather from echoes, they are known as highly successful hunters.
The findings justified the researchers’ theory that ‘bats predict the future’.
The bats focused further on the echo from the prey as predicted, the actual location of the insect. This proved the correctness of the theory that bats predicted the future position of their prey by using direction and position information.