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Dung Beetles Use Milky Way For Nocturnal Navigation
2013-01-24 14:35:18

Back before technology emerged into everyone's pockets, sailors used the stars as their GPS system when navigating the seven seas. While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it’s still a modern technology for dung beetles.

Beetles Keep Their Cool With Dung
2012-10-23 04:41:15

The next time the thermostat hits the triple digits outside, instead of paying a high electric bill for the month, take a page out of the dung beetle's playbook and try cooling off with some fresh feces instead.

Dung Beetles Dance To Provide Crucial Navigation Cues
2012-01-19 13:41:58

The dung beetle dance, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile

2009-07-16 08:39:17

A new study of 30 million year old fossil 'mega-dung' from extinct giant South American mammals reveals evidence of complex ecological interactions and theft of dung-beetles' food stores by other animals.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.