Ant-y social: Successful ant colonies hint at how societies evolve

Oct. 3, 2018

Graduate student Chris Tokita in the Tarnita Lab worked closely with researchers from Rockefeller University to investigate ant colonies looking at the relationship between group size and social behaviors. They found that simply increasing group size, even if it doesn’t lead to division of labor, can benefit members of the group. “Our findings show that there are some very significant and unexpected benefits that emerge even in very small groups, which could provide the critical steppingstone to allow for larger, more complex societies,” said Tokita.

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