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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 3:53 p.m. PST

…Argentina


"Desmodus draculae is an extinct species of leaf-nosed bat that inhabited Central and South Americas from the Pleistocene epoch until the early Holocene epoch.

First described in 1988, its fossils are known from Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Belize, and Bolivia.

Desmodus draculae had a wingspan of up to 50 cm (20 inches) and a body mass of 60 g, making it the largest known vampire bat of all time…"

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Grelber19 Dec 2021 5:34 p.m. PST

I am so disappointed: a wingspan of only 20 inches (50 cm)! I was hoping for something that could carry off a human!

It says these didn't finally go extinct until 1820. Are there accounts of them attacking Bolivar's army, chasing conquistadors, or otherwise annoying the settlers? A last surviving handful might be involved in games based on or paralleling Disney's Jungle Cruise.

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Stryderg19 Dec 2021 6:02 p.m. PST

What makes you think they went extinct? Maybe they just moved, to, umm, where ever you need them in a game.

badger2219 Dec 2021 7:30 p.m. PST

I was also hoping for something bit bigger.

TMPWargamerabbit19 Dec 2021 8:16 p.m. PST

Did Covid start with this bat? Chinese news services await the byline story.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 2:20 p.m. PST

(smile)

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alexpainter21 Dec 2021 7:57 a.m. PST

Ok, with terror birds, titanoboas, giant vampire bats, surely the (southern) americas weren't a nice place to live in ancient times (well, also today aren't either)!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2021 2:26 p.m. PST

Ha!….

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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2021 11:04 p.m. PST

The weight of a tennis ball and a little bigger than a cafeteria tray. One of the doesn't sound too scary.

When 50,000 of them come flying out of the lost ancient temple at dusk, however ….

Part time gamer14 Jan 2022 6:50 p.m. PST

"Wight of a tennis ball – little bigger than a cafeteria tray."

In relation it sounds like the bumble bee. "The body too heavy and wings too light." But it works none the less.
And yea, 1,000's of them coming at you at once thats a bad day.

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