Have you ever noticed that herds of cattle all face in the same direction? Turns out cows all align their bodies – all over the world – in a North South orientation. Dr Sabine Begall, from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany surveyed Google Earth images of 8,510 grazing and resting cattle in pasture plains across the globe, confirming this extra sense – magnetoception.
“Turns out cows might be the worlds stinkiest magnets”
Further analysis of cattle showed that in locations where the angle between the geographic and magnetic poles differs most. For instance, cows in Oregon, which is relatively far north and subject to a strong magnetic field, face 17.5 degrees off true north.
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