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Slave rebellion is widespread in ants

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posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 10:14 PM
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I find this hypothesis fascinating and look forward to reading the full source.

You'll find a link to it in my first post in this thread.


What about this hypothesis: The slave ants are weeding out the slavemaker pupa that lack the qualities of a good slavemaker? Perhaps they are killing the weeklings for a stronger colony rather than revolting against their overlords.

What an interesting idea. How might the slave species benefit from doing this? I suppose it depends on what you mean by 'a good slave-maker'. What, if any, benefits do the enslaved ants gain from their servitude? Could these benefits be increased or enhanced by selective breeding applied to the slavers?




posted on Sep, 29 2012 @ 02:08 AM
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Originally posted by Astyanax
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You appear to have forgotten Danton.


Didn't forget about him. Was never aware of him until your kind post. Thx for sharing.



 
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