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LIU Post Professor to Give Lecture on Bloodsucking Creatures for Huntington-Oyster Bay Audobon Society


Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University

Bill SchuttLIU Post Biology Professor and vampire bat expert William Schutt will give a talk on things that go bump in the night for the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audobon Society on Wednesday, January 30.

Dr. Schutt is considered an authority on sanguivores or (blood-feeding creatures) and is the author of the critically acclaimed book “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures.”

In mapping out the world of blood-feeding creatures, Dr. Schutt will discuss their natural history and behavior - and especially their unique (and some might say, gruesome) feeding habits. In addition, Dr. Schutt will also look at the history of man's association with blood — from the Bible, to early transfusions (sheep were popular blood donors), to the widespread practice of blood-letting, which was as common a “remedy” as aspirin is today.

Dr. Schutt is a professor of biology at LIU Post, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in evolution, mammalogy, vertebrate paleontology, and vertebrate anatomy. Never one to shy away from the dark side of the natural world, Dr. Schutt is also author of the upcoming book, “You Are What You Eat: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Cannibalism.”

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. The Huntington-Oyster Bay Audobon Society meets at 95 Harbor Road (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor. All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Posted 12/18/2012

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