January 24, 2013
Dung Beetles Use the Stars to Navigate
Joseph Stromberg, Smithsonian
Science has shown us that a number of organisms use the stars for navigation: songbirds, harbor 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.
TAGGED: Milky Way galaxy, Stars, celestial navigation, beetles