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*<!--April 2021-->[[File:Desert navigator.jpg|thumb|left|200px]][https://www.amazon.com/dp/0674045882/?tag=islbeastapar-20 Desert Navigator: The Journey of the Ant. Rüdiger Wehner]. Published February, 2020 by [https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674045880 Belknap Press]
 
*<!--April 2021-->[[File:Desert navigator.jpg|thumb|left|200px]][https://www.amazon.com/dp/0674045882/?tag=islbeastapar-20 Desert Navigator: The Journey of the Ant. Rüdiger Wehner]. Published February, 2020 by [https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674045880 Belknap Press]
  
For more than fifty years Rüdiger Wehner and his collaborators have studied how ''Cataglyphis'' desert ants forage and navigate. Beyond their extreme thermophile existance, these ants also have extraordinary navigational abilities. Individual ''Cataglyphis'' workers set out foraging from their nest, into the midday heat, and seem to wander aimlessly across vast expanses of open desert. Once food is found and captured, they run directly home along the shortest possible route. Wehner and his team have revealed how these ants use polarized light in the sky, the Earth’s magnetic field, wind direction, a step counter, panoramic “snapshots” of landmarks and more to successfully locate a small, unadorned nest-entrance in the ground. Desert Navigator provides a lively and lucid account of the remarkable skills of these charismatic desert dwellers, the experiments that revealed how they solve complex navigation problems, and a personal narrative of how this work progressed over more than 50 years of field research.  
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For more than fifty years Rüdiger Wehner and his collaborators have studied how ''Cataglyphis'' forage and navigate. Wehner and his collaborators have revealed how these ants use polarized light in the sky, the Earth’s magnetic field, wind direction, a step counter, panoramic “snapshots” of landmarks and more to successfully locate a small, unadorned nest-entrance in the ground. "Desert Navigator" provides a lively and lucid account of the remarkable skills of these charismatic desert dwellers, the experiments that revealed how they solve complex navigation problems, and a personal narrative of how this work progressed over more than 50 years of field research.  
 
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For more than fifty years Rüdiger Wehner and his collaborators have studied how Cataglyphis forage and navigate. Wehner and his collaborators have revealed how these ants use polarized light in the sky, the Earth’s magnetic field, wind direction, a step counter, panoramic “snapshots” of landmarks and more to successfully locate a small, unadorned nest-entrance in the ground. "Desert Navigator" provides a lively and lucid account of the remarkable skills of these charismatic desert dwellers, the experiments that revealed how they solve complex navigation problems, and a personal narrative of how this work progressed over more than 50 years of field research.