It is far from being a piece of news the fact that many creatures navigate through water, across land and in the skies using the Earth’s magnetic field as guidance. Animals, although deprived from their privilege to think, seem to always know where they are going. And that is because wildlife is designed with a neural sensor that detects Earth’s magnetic field.
As recent research shows, this happens because they are perfectly designed for life. Researchers have recently discovered an organic mechanism responsible for the link with the Earth’s magnetic field in an animal – a worm. The brain of caenorhabditis elegans carries something looking exactly like a microscopic TV antenna. This could be relevant to a following study of other species that may also own internal compasses.
This tiny warm that always roams in the dark knows what its doing, thanks to a nanoscale sensor located at the end of a neuron, extending from the worm’s brain.
Well, if this discovery was made on a worm, it could be clue that the design is universal, and animals are indeed guided by a special and hidden sensor connected to the Earth’s magnetic field. Everything alive is perfectly adapted to carry on life with everything on hands.
Parallels in brain structures exist across the majority of species, so there is high chances that this pattern can be found in a wider range of animals. For instance, C elegans is just one of the myriad species living in the soil which are known to migrate vertically, as the study’s lead author Andres Vidal Gadea, faculty memger at Illinois State University declared.
Similar analysis has been made on pigeons that are known to work on some kind of radar and hold their own internal GPS features. In 2012, scientists from Baylor College of Medicine announced the discovery of certain brain cells in pigeons by which they process information about magnetic fields. However, the structure has not been clearly localized.
This discovery can open new ways to develop detection measures, as it can be applied in technology. On the other hand, it is an important clue that shows us that the design for life does not need improvement and subordination to structures that feed it artificially, as it can survive on its own, even if it crawls and even if it moves permanently in the dark.
The fascinating findings from the world of wild animals can offer us the best life overview.
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