Category Archives: Animal Migration

In Praise Of Walking by Shane O’Mara

The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us This is a snippet from the book, In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara, which examines the science behind one of the basic skills that defines us … Continue reading

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Predictive maps in rats and humans for spatial navigation

Highlights We tested humans, rats, and RL agents on a novel modular maze Humans and rats were remarkably similar in their choice of trajectories Both species were most similar to agents utilizing a SR Humans also displayed features of model-based … Continue reading

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Head direction cells in a migratory bird prefer north

Animals exhibit remarkable navigation abilities as if they have an internal compass. Head direction (HD) cells encoding the animal’s heading azimuth are found in the brain of several animal species; the HD cell signals are dependent on the vestibular nuclei, … Continue reading

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How young animals learn to migrate

While advances in biologging have revealed many spectacular animal migrations, it remains poorly understood how young animals learn to migrate. Even in social species, it is unclear how migratory skills are transmitted from one generation to another and what implications … Continue reading

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‘Frostbit Boy’ rescued among dolphins after 12 hours at sea

Ruairí McSorley who had gone swimming has been rescued after getting into difficulty while swimming off the coast of Co Kerry. He was discovered surrounded by a pod of dolphins four kilometres from the shore of Castlegregory Beach. Read the … Continue reading

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Magnetic Compass Orientation

This paper is a very good overview of the thinking about avian migratory navigation and acknowledges that birds use all the cues that are available to them to navigate successfully. Magnetic Compass Orientation in a Palaearctic–Indian Night Migrant, the Red-Headed … Continue reading

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Dolphins and Bats: Superpower

Dolphins and bats don’t have much in common, but they share a superpower: Both hunt their prey by emitting high-pitched sounds and listening for the echoes. Now, a study shows that this ability arose independently in each group of mammals … Continue reading

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