By Donna Lu
Certain mammals are able to detect magnetic fields, but where the sense originates from has long remained elusive. Now, the organ that houses magnetic sensors in mole rats has been identified.
Kai Caspar at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and his colleagues have found that the Ansell’s mole rat (Fukomys anselli) uses its eyes for magnetoreception.
This species of mole rat, known for digging long, subterranean tunnels, has poor eyesight and tiny – but structurally intact – eyes. “They do not …
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