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A three-dimensional neural compass

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The discovery that the neural navigation system of the mammalian brain acts in three dimensions sheds light on how mammals orient themselves in complex environments. See Article p.159

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Figure 1: Orientation during acrobatic flight manoeuvres.

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Rowland, D., Moser, MB. A three-dimensional neural compass. Nature 517, 156–157 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14076

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