Natural History: Animal Magnetism

When herd animals, such as deer, flee from predators, they appear to coordinate with one another to avoid collisions and maintain group cohesion. How is this synchronized flight from danger achieved?

Recently, a group of scientists led by zoologist Hynek Burda of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and doctoral student Petr Obleser of the Czech University of Life Sciences tested the possibility that roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) use magnetoreception—a sensitivity to the Earth’s magnetic field— to coordinate their escape when threatened. Read more…