|Alma mater||University of the Witwatersrand|
University of London
|Known for||Dung beetle research |
winning Ig Nobel Prize
|Institutions||University of the Witwatersrand|
Professor Marcus Byrne won the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize for Biology/Astronomy along with: Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Clarke Scholtz, and Eric Warrant, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way. This research has practical applications, for example helping how to develop complex visual systems.
- Dacke, M.; Baird, E.; Byrne, M.; Scholtz, C. H.; Warrant, E. J. (2013). "Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for Orientation". Current Biology. 23 (4): 298–300. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.034. PMID 23352694.
- Wits. "Marcus Byrne", University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, Johannesburg, unknown date. Retrieved on 6 October 2014.
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