Banyan Tree Fruits , Bats favorite fruit around the Maldives Bats have inhabited the Earth for about the last 50 million years. The earliest fossils of the species found bare a remarkable resemblance to the bats of today. The ancestry of bats is thought to be similar to that of primates. This is highly attributed to their offsprings' dependence upon nurturing and nursing which is accomplished through a pair of pectoral breasts. These were the factors which led Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, to link the two species.