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Dance of the Dung Beetles: A book for all humans to savor

Ig Nobel Prize winner Marcus Byrne has a new book called Dance of the Dung Beetles. It can please and enlighten anyone—human or beetle or both (Beatle)—who ever has contact with with dance, dung, life, or the universe.

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prize for biology and astronomy (a rare double-category win!) was awarded to Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke Scholtz, and Eric J. Warrant, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

The new book is co-authored by Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn, published by WITS University Press, EAN 978-1-77614-234-7.

Talking About Dung

Professor Byrne, at the University of the Witwatersrand, made the book title famous before there was a book, in his TED Talk called “Dance of the Dung Beetles“. His colleague and Ig Nobel co-winner Marie Dacke, at Lund University, made a different title famous, in a TED talk she did called “A Crap Talk About Orientation.”

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