January 24, 2013

Dung Beetles Use the Stars to Navigate

Joseph Stromberg, Smithsonian

AP Photo

Science has shown us that a number of organisms use the stars for navigation: songbirdsharbor seals and, of course, humans. But a new study by a team of Swedish and South African researchers published today in the journal Cell Biology indicates that a rather unexpected creature can be added to this list—the lowly dung beetle.

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TAGGED: Milky Way Galaxy, Stars, Celestial Navigation, Beetles


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