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Dung beetle uses Milky Way to navigate; Will scientists discover more insects that do the same?

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | January 26, 2013

Dung beetle uses Milky Way to navigate; Will scientists discover more insects that do the same?

Researchers discover the secret to dung beetle navigation.

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have discovered the secret to dung beetle navigation, according to a news release from Cell Press. Researchers found that dung beetles use the Milky Way galaxy to navigate at night.

Scientists have known for years that birds and humans navigate by the stars, but this findings is the first believable evidence for a similar ability in insects, according to researchers. This is also the first known evidence of any animal navigating via the Milky Way as opposed to the stars.

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