TIL that the vampires were not inspired by bats. Bloodsucking bats were only discovered in Latin America in the 16th century, while the earliests vampires stories were from 12th century Europe. by whatilearned September 16, 2021, 4:58 pm Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire#Vampire_bats What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote 12th16thAmericabatsbloodsuckingcentury.discoveredearliestsEuropeInspiredlatinstoriesTILToday I learnedvampires See more Previous article Pressing the upvote button Next article What’s an opinion you have that always seems to start arguments? 5 Comments Leave a Reply Another source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire#Ancient_beliefs Log in to Reply TIL some people think vampires were inspired by bats. Log in to Reply Interesting cuz if I remember right Dracula turns into a bat in the original book Log in to Reply So .. what were vampires before the 16th century? Log in to Reply The vampire legend started in Romania , from a very patriotic ,blody but fair head of state named Vlad Dracu or Vlad the impailer . He used to chop of the heads of enemy’s killed in battle and impail them on sticks on the boarder as a warning for other armys. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.