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Video:Dung Beetles: Celestial Navigators


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JL
- 689 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
Just when you thought the dung beetle -- which spends most of its time rolling balls of feces around -- couldn't get any odder, a new study claims these critters actually use the heavens to steer that valuable excrement through the night.



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JL A. (276)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:09 am
Dung beetle and the Milky WayJust when you thought the dung beetle -- which spends most of its time rolling balls of feces around -- couldn't get any odder, a new study claims these critters actually use the heavens to steer that valuable excrement through the night.

In a paper published in Current Biology, a team of researchers offered the first bit of evidence for insect star-mapping -- and the first evidence of Milky Way mapping in any animal.

So the next time you look up at the vastness of the stars and ponder your place in the heavens, you can rest assured that you are not alone. The dung beetle is also pondering its place in this wild-and-weird universe -- or rather, the place of its precious dung ball.

Check out this brief dung beetle biopic, produced by our own videography team.
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Melania Padilla (185)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:45 pm
I got this article from Planetsave, it is really amazing. Animals rock! Thank you!
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:52 pm
You're welcome Melania! You cannot currently send a star to Melania because you have done so within the last week.
 

John B. (122)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:56 pm
Thanks J.L. for the very interesting post and the link to the amusing but informative video. Read, viewed and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:21 pm
You're welcome John. I'm glad you also enjoyed the video. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:29 pm
Oh, yeah! SciShow did a video about this recently and I thought it was really cool.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:38 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Laura because you have done so within the last week.
 

desanka s. (401)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:53 am
One more example of how wonderful the animal kingdom is...
Thank you J.L!!!

 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:09 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:48 am
You are welcome Desanka and Kerrie. You cannot currently send a star to desanka because you have done so within the last week.
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:38 am
nice little video and amazing ability of beetle :P
thanks for sharing ;)
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:39 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
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JL A. (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:08 pm
Thanks for the thought Gvapo! You cannot currently send a star to Gvapo because you have done so within the last week.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:27 pm
Awesome!
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:51 pm
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