Pigeons Have GPS Built Into Their Brain

That GPS unit on your car sure is fancy, but pigeons have got you beat: they have GPS built right into their brain!

Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons' brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field.

The question of how birds navigate using - among other signals - magnetic fields is the subject of much debate.

These new "GPS neurons" seem to show how magnetic information is represented in birds' brains.


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I do believe that this would count as a compass instead of GPS since the pigeons use magnetism to find their way around. I dont think those 53 cells recieve and decode satelite...

Facinating all the same, just dont agree with the author's use of the term/analogy is all...
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