It has long been known as ESP, Spider Sense, or the ability to see things before they happen. But now scientists have proved that humans really do have a sixth sense – that lets them detect magnetic fields.

Tests have shown that mankind may have the same innate sense of Earth’s magnetic field that has long been proved to exist in animals. By putting a protein from the human retina into fruit flies, researchers noticed that the insect modified its flight path just as if its eye had not been altered.

This suggests that the ‘sixth sense’ does exist in humans but we might not be aware of it. Animals use such sight to navigate long distances during migration or, in the case of birds, to ‘see’ where they are going.

Neurobiologist Steven Reppert, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, told LiveScience:

‘It poses the question: “Maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense?” 

‘It is thought to be very important for how animals migrate. Perhaps this protein is also fulfilling an important function for sensing magnetic fields in humans.

‘It may aid how animals perceive how objects are in time and space in a way we haven’t thought about before.’

The complex tests involved examining the process by which light goes through a bird’s eye, which has intrigued the scientific community for more than 30 years.

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