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2009-11-18 07:36:18

Student field crews study the ecological power of ants in Central America under the guidance of biologist John Longino "This work will be physically demanding. You will need to carry bulky sampling supplies into rugged terrain. Some sites may be swelteringly hot, others cold and rainy. You will need to move off trails into dense forested habitats. Long hikes may be required ... There will be mud and mosquitoes." Although a hard-labor camp could be a reasonable match for that description, in...

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2009-11-04 12:30:12

Colonies of army ants, whose long columns and marauding habits are the stuff of natural-history legend, are usually antagonistic to each other, attacking soldiers from rival colonies in border disputes that keep the colonies separate. But new work by a researcher at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen shows that in some cases the colonies can be cooperative instead of combative. In those cases, when an army ant colony loses its queen, its...

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2009-09-02 23:55:00

First evidence of multiple tool use suggests 'sustainable' food-harvesting techniques Chimpanzees in the Congo have developed specialized 'tool kits' to forage for army ants, reveals new research published today in the American Journal of Primatology. This not only provides the first direct evidence of multiple tool use in this context, but suggests that chimpanzees have developed a 'sustainable' way of harvesting food. A team from the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, led by Dr Crickette Sanz,...


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