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[Research News] Following the Inner Compass: How Birds Find their Ways to Foreign Lands

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Updated Mar. 16, 2022
TAKAHASHI Susumu, professor at the Graduate School of Brain Science, and the colleagues have found that head direction cells in the brains of streaked shearwater chicks might act like internal compasses to help the birds navigate during their initial migratory flight. The findings will likely aid ecological conservation by correctly understanding the physiological mechanism of migration.

Reference
"Head direction cells in a migratory bird prefer north" (Science Advances, 4 February 2022, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abl6848)

For more details, please see the link below.
Research News: Following the Inner Compass: How Birds Find their Ways to Foreign Lands (Website of Doshisha University Organization for Research Initiatives and Development)
Diagram showing the head direction cells of a Streaked Shearwater chick

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Susumu Takahashi from Doshisha University

TAKAHASHI Susumu, professor at the Graduate School of Brain Science, and the colleagues have found that head direction cells in the brains of streaked shearwater chicks might act like internal compasses to help the birds navigate during their initial migratory flight. The findings will likely aid ecological conservation by correctly understanding the physiological mechanism of migration.

Reference
"Head direction cells in a migratory bird prefer north" (Science Advances, 4 February 2022, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abl6848)

For more details, please see the link below.
Research News: Following the Inner Compass: How Birds Find their Ways to Foreign Lands (Website of Doshisha University Organization for Research Initiatives and Development)
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