Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
Illustration of bat and one outstretched wing; Credit E Sorojsrisom
Credit E Sorojsrisom


A Look Inside a Bat's Wing

Elissa Sorojsrisom

Museum Assistant, Peabody Division of Invertebrate Paleontology


Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 pm

Yale Peabody Museum


Bat wings have internal structures that are hard to see with the naked eye. By using cross-polarized light scientists can take advantage of birefringence – the property of these structures that splits an incoming light ray in two directions—to capture a picture of bat wing anatomy. Using Peabody specimens, Elissa will show how scientists capture this information and how artists use it to illustrate wing diversity in bats.


Refreshments to follow. Pay-as-you-wish admission.