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March 24, 2019 - The Guardian

The five: magnetoreceptive animals

The five: magnetoreceptive animals
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Last week, researchers from the California Institute of Technology announced that they believe humans have the ability to pick up on the Earth’s magnetic field – a power known as magnetoreception.

Mole rats, for one, have poor eyesight and spend most of their days building and scampering around complex networks of subterranean tunnels. They can rely on smell for short trips , but researchers from the universities of Tel Aviv and Geneva have found the creatures use the Earth’s magnetic field to guide them on longer journeys.

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