Bee | The Living Cosmos

Navigation. How do we know how to get from point A to point B ?. Nowadays it's easier than ever thanks to technology advances. However, it was not always like this.

Birds and insects. What do they have in common? They all use navigational systems to reach their destination while flying that are based on the Sun. Mammals, like us, rely on a different system that is created by our neurons and resembles a grid or map with several landmarks as guide, based on our vision and integrated memory. It requires higher cognition abilities that are usually attributed to highly evolved brains, such as the mammalian brain.

Recent studies have revealed that bees might actually develop a less complex yet similar type of map in addition to their navigational system. This research has proved that bees could indeed use landmarks from the landscape and that these are used in trying to find their way to their destination. While this studies are still preliminary and need further confirmation and further experiments, they show promise of new navigational systems in the animal kingdom.

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