Micromagnetic aspects of magnetoreception of homing pigeons based on iron minerals

  • Stahl B
  • Fleissner G
  • Fleissner G
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Abstract

The identification of ferrimagnetic iron minerals in the skin of the upper beak of homing pigeons poses fundamental questions on the principles at work in magnetoreception. Aspects concerning the type of mineral, the size, shape and arrangement of the particles are discussed on grounds of micromagnetic simulations.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Maghemite platelets
  • Magnetic-field sense
  • Magnetoreception
  • Micromagnetics

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Authors

  • Branko Stahl

  • Gerta Fleissner

  • G??nther Fleissner

  • Elisabeth Holub-krappe

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