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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:59 PM

Dung Beetles Navigate Via the Milky Way, An Animal-Kingdom First

Talk about star power—a new study shows that dung beetles navigate via the Milky Way, a first in the animal kingdom.

The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy, and move in a line relative to it, according to recent experiments in South Africa.

“This is a complicated navigational feat—it’s quite impressive for an animal that size,” said study co-author Eric Warrant, a biologist at the University of Lund in Sweden.

Moving in a straight line is crucial to dung beetles, which live in a rough-and-tumble world where competition for excrement is fierce. (Play “Dung Beetle Derby” on the National Geographic Kids website.)

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/24/dung-beetles-navigate-via-the-milky-way-an-animal-kingdom-first/

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IDemo Jan 2013 OP
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longship Jan 2013 #3
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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:03 PM

1. Neat!

Thanks for sharing

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:07 PM

2. Dung beetles are (in a way) the epitome of evolution.

All other animals supply them with sustenance.

--imm

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:11 PM

3. No shit!?

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:56 PM

4. hee hee hee

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:50 PM

5. Arrrgh, All I need is a ball of poop..

And a star to steer her by..

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Response to denbot (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:54 PM

6. ...and a hundred billion stars to steer her by. /nt

 

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