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When the starry sky is cloaked in clouds, Dung Beetles can be found aimlessly pushing their balls of ‘food,’ often simply in circles. These beetles navigate almost entirely by following their celestial cues – and when these guiding lights are occluded, they are helpless in finding their ways home. Perhaps luckily for them, birds possess significantly more sophisticated navigational capacities than the humble scarab – not so helpless when the stars are hidden from view. But how possibly could a bird distinguish its cardinal directions without the visual aid? Can any of the seven senses that we humans know help these birds to find their way?
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