My sympathy is of course with all laureates, yet, I can’t help but feel that our wider field (biology) contributed two particularly worthy studies to this event, with the JOINT PRIZE IN BIOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY going to Marie Dacke [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA], Emily Baird [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY], Marcus Byrne [SOUTH AFRICA, UK], Clarke Scholtz [SOUTH AFRICA], and Eric J. Warrant [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY], for
discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way
Imagine a young male dung beetle using the stars to navigate home to it’s female – a study that certainly hits a nerve of a hopeless romantic like me (I will shamelessly misuse this moment to link another, completely unrelated romantic post).
But this is not all from biology, also the PROBABILITY PRIZE was awarded to a behavioral study, to Bert Tolkamp [UK, the NETHERLANDS], Marie Haskell [UK], Fritha Langford [UK, CANADA], David Roberts [UK], and Colin Morgan [UK], for making two related discoveries:
First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and Second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.
Congratulations to all laureates!