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An audiobook about animal navigation - how creatures, great and small, find their way and how brilliantly they manage without benefit of maps or instruments - and what lessons there are for human beings.  

In Incredible Journeys, award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where breakthroughs are allowing scientists to unravel, for the first time, how animals as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and even people find their way.  

Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth's magnetic field. Salmon that return to their birthplace by following their noses. Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. There's a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don't have access to ourselves. 

For the first time, Incredible Journeys reveals the wonders of these animals in a whole new light.  

©2019 David Barrie (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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The Travels of Life on Earth

A most important book that examines in detail the complexity of animal migration around our planet. So many species , from large to miniscule, travel thousands of kilometers annually by set routes, using methods of navigation which scientists are only now beginning to understand. Only by better understanding do we appreciate the vulnerability of life on Earth to our actions, ranging from climate change to habitat destruction of all kinds.

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  • Paal Skjetne
  • 23-12-21

A gem of a book on the wonders of navigation

An up to date account of ivertebrate, avian and mamalian navigation for the layman!
The book visits many of the facinating navigational feats found in nature and gradyally drills down to the core of the neurological basis of how navigation and perhaps even higher cognition works.

A facinating account told in layman's terms. It made me think of how I navigate both my physical and mental spaces. It also makes a convincing argument for how even this kind of research ultimately benefits mankind in surprising ways.