The Lives of Ants

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Humans have long been fascinated by ants. While not necessarily brightly coloured or beautiful, ants display some remarkable characteristics that are almost unique in the animal world. They live in intricately organized societies, made up of individuals that cooperate, communicate, and divide up daily tasks. They display amazing ingenuity when it comes to building nests and other structures, finding supplies, or even exploiting other members of the animal kingdom. They are capable too of aggression and violence, of disturbing the apparent peace of their colonies and of sudden fratricidal or matricidal strife. In short, the lives of ants are among the most fascinating in the natural world. This is an account of those lives - looking at the many species of ants around the world, explaining the secret of their huge ecological success, examining the remarkable and varied behaviours that ants exhibit, and tying in molecular biology, genetics, and even cutting-edge developments in robotics, to shed light on what makes ants unique.
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About the author

Laurent Keller is Professor of Ecology and Evolution, and Head of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, at the University of Lausanne. As well as numerous research papers, he has edited the books Queen Number and Sociality in Insects ((1993) and Levels of Selection in Evolution (1999). In 2005 he was awarded the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award. Elisabeth Gordon is a freelance journalist and writer.
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OUP Oxford
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Published on
Feb 26, 2009
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780191580079
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
Science / General
Science / Life Sciences / Genetics & Genomics
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
Technology & Engineering / Robotics
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