Orientation and Navigation in Vertebrates

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 25, 2008 - Science - 166 pages
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This book reviews all major models and hypotheses concerning the mechanisms supposed to underlie the process of navigation in vertebrates.

It covers data on all major model groups of vertebrates studied in the context of animal navigation, such as migratory birds, homing pigeons, sea turtles, subterranean mammals and some migratory fish species. Some other – less studied – groups, e.g., whales, have also been touched.

The first part of the book describes different sources of navigational information, with their specific navigational mechanisms known or supposed to be employed by animals for navigational goals. The second part discusses possible functions of these mechanisms in different vertebrates and in the context of different navigational tasks, ranging from short-range navigation, often performed by animals within as small an area as several square meters, to long-distance global-scale migrations performed by many birds and some sea turtles during their lifespan.

 

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Contents

Orientation and Navigation Cues
1
112 Models of Magnetoreception
4
113 Differences Between Models
29
114 Magnetoreception in Different Groups of Vertebrates
30
12 Celestial Cues
52
13 Sensitivity to Polarized Light
64
14 Olfactory Cues
67
142 Turtles
70
211 Navigation on the Individual Level
78
The Many Wrongs Principle
119
22 Navigation Strategies
121
221 Pigeon Homing
122
222 Navigation in Sea Turtles
126
223 Navigation in Migratory Birds
132
References
139
Index
161

Navigation and Cue Interplay
77

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