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How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Views 926
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Emergent division of labor among clonal ants

What are the benefits of living in society? Sociality has long been proposed to be beneficial because groups can divide labor among individuals to increase their efficiency. Some of the most sophisticated forms of division of labor are found in social insects, such as honeybees,... click to read more

  • Yuko Ulrich | Junior Group Leader at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA & University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Daniel J. C. Kronauer | Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA
  • Christopher K. Tokita | PhD candidate at Princeton University, NJ, USA
Views 3114
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2019
Saving the injured: The value of rescued veterans in a predatory ant species

In general, we imagine ants as little pieces of something bigger, with the value of the individual being marginal, even sacrificing themselves if necessary for the good of the colony. Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) are a specialized termite predator of sub-Saharan Africa. In the early... click to read more

  • Erik Frank | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Lausanne Biophore Department of Ecology and Evolution CH - 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 3699
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 25, 2017