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Pigeons' sixth sense eludes scientists

Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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It still isn't clear how pigeons are able to detect magnetic fields to help them navigate when flying.

Despite numerous studies scientists have yet to get to the bottom of the mystery. "At this stage it's still that needle-in-a-haystack problem," said Biologist Dr Jeremy Shaw. "It's one of those fundamental questions in biology that has persisted for many many years now." In 2003 German researchers believed they'd found the answer in iron-rich magnetoreceptors located within the beak, however despite several follow-up studies no conclusive evidence of these could be found.

"How pigeons are able to detect magnetic fields to navigate their way home remains a mystery, say researchers."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Rolci on 13 April, 2012, 11:54
so we fly into space, read brainwaves, have smartphones and wireless internet, but we don't know how the pigeon on our rooftop finds its way. I really do find that interesting.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ollyhw45 on 13 April, 2012, 14:30
Maby they dont use the magnetic field...maby it just seems like they do lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by MrSerendipity on 13 April, 2012, 18:06
They use their sense of smell, it's as simple as that!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 14 April, 2012, 2:20
Funny,I was just thinking with the coming of the new world order,we need to start using homing pigeons again.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 14 April, 2012, 3:49
Funny,I was just thinking with the coming of the new world order,we need to start using homing pigeons again. Lol nwo that's funny... that was meant as a joke right? If mpt I apologize.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Karlis on 14 April, 2012, 4:23
Seriously -- the Jokes and Humour forum board is here.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Artaxerxes on 14 April, 2012, 5:07
I guarantee you it has something to do with the holographic nature of our universe. That connectedness/oneness thing of a holographic piece of film. The information is somehow spread throughout their entire brains and they form a picture inside of their skulls that is like a map of where they are going.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Arawyn on 18 April, 2012, 12:55
hmm, maybe the pigeons have tiny magnetic particles in their brains that react to the magnetic fields? Sounds like that would make sense.

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