Animal Magnetism: Why Migrating Birds Don't Get Lost [Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay]

Animal Magnetism: Why Migrating Birds Don't Get Lost

Prof. Peter Hore

Prof. Peter Hore
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

4th March 2020

Unlike humans, birds don't have "Sat Nav" so how do millions of them manage to fly thousands of kilometers every year to arrive safely at their destinations? One source of directional information is provided by the Earth's magnetic field. In this talk I will discuss the proposal that birds and other animals have a magnetic compass that relies on magnetically sensitive chemical transformations in their eyes. So, not "Sat Nav" but "Chem Nav" (perhaps). The talk will touch on the chemistry, physics and biology of this intriguing sensory mechanism.

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