Avian Magnetoreception: Elaborate Iron Mineral Containing Dendrites in the Upper Beak Seem to Be a Common Feature of Birds

@inproceedings{Falkenberg2010AvianME,
  title={Avian Magnetoreception: Elaborate Iron Mineral Containing Dendrites in the Upper Beak Seem to Be a Common Feature of Birds},
  author={Gerald Falkenberg and Gerta Fleissner and Kirsten Schuchardt and Markus Kuehbacher and Peter Thalau and Henrik Mouritsen and Dominik Heyers and Gerd Wellenreuther and G{\"u}nther Fleissner},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2010}
}
The magnetic field sensors enabling birds to extract orientational information from the Earth's magnetic field have remained enigmatic. Our previously published results from homing pigeons have made us suggest that the iron containing sensory dendrites in the inner dermal lining of the upper beak are a candidate structure for such an avian magnetometer system. Here we show that similar structures occur in two species of migratory birds (garden warbler, Sylvia borin and European robin, Erithacus… CONTINUE READING
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