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Welcome Our New Ant Overlords!

A new study in one of our favorite bathroom reading publications, Insectes Sociaux, has revealed that ants are indeed taking over the world and our role as ants’ masters will soon be upended. The group looked at a species of Argentinian ant, Linepithema humile, that has hitchhiked to other continents in the last century or so on human vessels (ships, planes, etc.) to form invasive colonies. Previously, scientists had examined the relationship between these different colonies within countries and continents. When Linepithema humile from different colonies come into contact in Argentina, they attack each other. The scientists discovered, however, that when Linepithema humile living on foreign soil meet, they react behaviorally as if they are part of the same family i.e. no fighting, only greeting.

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The newest study focused on how Linepithema humile from different colonies and from different continents treat one another when meeting for the first time. To the scientists’ surprise, these ants also treat each other as if they are part of the same colony. The researchers are citing lack of genetic variation as the main cause for their familiar behavior. Still, it is not too far a stretch to imagine these super colonies all connecting some day and causing some serious environmental havoc and/or putting humans to work in their sugar mines.

Comments

  1. #1 Lilian Nattel
    July 12, 2009

    Humans could learn something from ants there.

  2. #2 Andrew
    July 13, 2009

    testing… good times great oldies…

  3. #3 mr_subjunctive
    July 13, 2009

    What did I say that was so horrible that got my comment deleted? It was your joke in the first place. Sheesh.

  4. #4 Andrew B
    July 13, 2009

    Sorry Mr. S. You might have noticed that we are a huge spam target at the moment deleting upwards of 40 spam comments a day, so it was definitely deleted inadvertently.

  5. #5 mr_subjunctive
    July 13, 2009

    Well I never.

  6. #6 toner doldurma
    January 22, 2011

    thanks. güzel bir çalışma

  7. #7 Altın cilek
    February 28, 2011

    iyi bir zayıflama hapı tavsiye ederim..

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    July 1, 2012

    What kind of joke is that this? No deviantART muro? Come onnnnn…

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    July 5, 2012

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    July 5, 2012

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