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Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field

Overview of attention for article published in Frontiers in Zoology, December 2013
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Title
Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field
Published in
Frontiers in Zoology, December 2013
DOI 10.1186/1742-9994-10-80
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Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Erich Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Vladimír Hanzal, Miloš Ježek, Tomáš Kušta, Veronika Němcová, Jana Adámková, Kateřina Benediktová, Jaroslav Červený, Hynek Burda

Abstract

Several mammalian species spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth's magnetic field (MF) lines in diverse behavioral contexts. Magnetic alignment is a suitable paradigm to scan for the occurrence of magnetosensitivity across animal taxa with the heuristic potential to contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of magnetoreception and identify further functions of magnetosensation apart from navigation. With this in mind we searched for signs of magnetic alignment in dogs. We measured the direction of the body axis in 70 dogs of 37 breeds during defecation (1,893 observations) and urination (5,582 observations) over a two-year period. After complete sampling, we sorted the data according to the geomagnetic conditions prevailing during the respective sampling periods. Relative declination and intensity changes of the MF during the respective dog walks were calculated from daily magnetograms. Directional preferences of dogs under different MF conditions were analyzed and tested by means of circular statistics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 2%
France 4 1%
United Kingdom 4 1%
Germany 3 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 6 2%
Unknown 310 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 73 22%
Researcher 68 20%
Student > Bachelor 43 13%
Student > Master 33 10%
Professor 18 5%
Other 61 18%
Unknown 43 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 119 35%
Physics and Astronomy 23 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 17 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 5%
Psychology 15 4%
Other 95 28%
Unknown 54 16%

Attention Score in Context

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