Supernavigators : exploring the wonders of how animals find their way

by Barrie, David, 1953-

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Summary
"Just astonishing . . . Our natural navigational capacities are no match for those of the supernavigators in this eye-opening book."--Frans de Waal, The New York Times Book Review

Publisher's note: Supernavigators was published in the UK under the title Incredible Journeys.

Animals plainly know where they're going, but how they get there has remained surprisingly mysterious--until now.

In Supernavigators, award-winning author David Barrie catches us up on the cutting-edge science. Here are astounding animals of every stripe: Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that rely on patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles and moths that find their way using Earth's magnetic field. Humpback whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rocksteady course. Birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an ocean.

The age of viewing animals as unthinking drones is over. As Supernavigators makes clear, a stunning array of species command senses and skills--and arguably, types of intelligence--beyond our own. Weaving together interviews with leading animal behaviorists and the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, David Barrie reveals these wonders in a whole new light.
Contents
Navigating without maps
The Holy Grail
Why does navigation matter?

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barrie (Sextant), a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, masterfully conveys new discoveries about animal navigation in this impressive popular science work. In addition to the usual suspects, such as the Monarch butterfly, Barrie relates the achievements of more obscure creatures, including the desert ants of North Africa, which use the sun as a compass. He notes that insect brains, despite their tiny size, consistently "generate an impressively diverse repertoire of navigational behavior." Even the lowly dung beetle is featured, as it is able to roll balls of dung in a straight line-backwards. Each chapter contains a surprise even for those familiar with the topic, such as the theory that homing pigeons make use of smell to navigate. Barrie cleverly stokes readers' curiosity about the subject with short sections at the end of each chapter describing even more remarkable, still unexplained feats, such as two-inch-long dragonflies that fly at least 3,500 kilometers over the ocean without stopping. More generally, he expresses a wish that what's been learned about the "neuroscience of navigation" in many species, including humans, might overcome anthropocentrism, driving home that "we are animals too." This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the wonders of nature. Agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Animal navigation.
Publisher New York, NY :[2019]
Other Titles Incredible journeys
Contributors Gower, Neil, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in the UK as Incredible Journeys by Hodder & Stoughton in 2019."
Description xiii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781615195374
1615195378
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