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An avian magnetometer

Winklhofer, Michael (2012), An avian magnetometer, Science, 336(6084), 991-992, doi:10.1126/science.1223786.

Homing pigeons have remarkable navigational skills that allow them to find their way back to the loft when released from an unfamiliar location hundreds of miles away. To perform such a feat, they rely on various cues, such as odors and Earth's magnetic field (1, 2). Yet, how birds and other animals obtain magnetic-field information has been a mystery. On page 1054 of this issue, Wu and Dickman (3) report how this information is neurally encoded and suggest a candidate magnetic sensory organ in the inner ear of the pigeon (4).
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  author = {Michael Winklhofer},
  journal = {Science},
  month = {may},
  number = {6084},
  pages = {991-992},
  title = {{An avian magnetometer}},
  volume = {336},
  year = {2012},
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  doi = {10.1126/science.1223786},
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