Dirty Dancing – Dung Beetle Celestial Orientation
by Marcus Byrne
Dung beetles are small insects with tiny brains, but they can perform feats of navigation most humans would struggle with. By asking the beetles simple questions we can get direct answers on how they orientate, including their use of the Milky Way as an orientation cue – the first animals ever shown to use the edge of our galaxy to find their way. This presentation explores ways of doing science with a model animal.
This was filmed as part of SCITELL for the 2013 ScienceTeller festival in conjunction with the Centre for Science Communication.
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