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Supernavigators : exploring the wonders of how animals find their way

Author: David Barrie
Publisher: New York : Experiment, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A globetrotting voyage of discovery celebrating the navigational gifts of animals; from whales and lobsters to birds and beetles-and many more! Publisher's note: Supernavigators was published in the UK under the title Incredible Journeys. In Supernavigators, award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where scientists are unraveling how creatures as various  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Barrie, David, 1953- author.
Supernavigators
New York : Experiment, 2019
(DLC) 2019015942
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Barrie
ISBN: 1615195386 9781615195381
OCLC Number: 1096236438
Notes: "Originally published in the UK as Incredible Journeys by Hodder & Stoughton in 2019."
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Pt. 1. Navigating without maps. Mr. Steadman and the monarch ; Jim Lovell's magic carpet ; A tangled horror ; Of desert warfare and ants ; The dancing bees ; Dead reckoning ; The racehorse of the insect world ; Steering by the shape of the sky ; How birds find true north ; Heavenly dung beetles ; Giant peacocks ; Can birds smell their way home? ; Sound navigation ; The earth's magnetism ; So how does the monarch navigate? ; The silver "Y" ; The dark lord of the snowy mountain --
pt. 2. The Holy Grail. Map and compass navigation ; Can birds solve the longitude problem? ; The mystery of sea turtle navigation ; Costa Rican adventures ; A light in the darkness ; The great magnetic mystery ; The seahorses in our heads ; The human navigational brain --
pt. 3. Why does navigation matter? The language of the earth ; Conclusions.
Other Titles: Incredible journeys
Responsibility: David Barrie.

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A globetrotting voyage of discovery celebrating the navigational gifts of animals; from whales and lobsters to birds and beetles-and many more! Publisher's note: Supernavigators was published in the UK under the title Incredible Journeys. In Supernavigators, award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where scientists are unraveling how creatures as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, and even people find their way. Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behavior with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientists, Barrie introduces astounding animals of every stripe: Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters, and moths that find their way using Earth's magnetic field. Salmon that return to their birthplace by following their noses. Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course, and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an ocean. There's a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don't have access to ourselves. For the first time, Supernavigators reveals these wonders in a whole new light.

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