Books et al.COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Finding our way

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Science  24 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6442, pp. 742
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9140

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Summary

With the proliferation of GPS technology, studying how humans and other animals find their way using the Sun, stars, and landmarks may feel ancient and irrelevant. However, two recent books convincingly argue that such endeavors are well worth our time. In Supernavigators, David Barrie tells astounding tales of how various animals navigate the world and the equally intriguing stories of the scientists who study them. Exchanging animal migration for human navigation, in Wayfinding, M. R. O'Connor offers stories from the Arctic, Australia, and the South Pacific, where people still practice traditional methods of navigation in the seemingly featureless landscapes of snow, sand, and water.