How Ant Colonies Gamble
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Carolin Hübner is a Cognitive Neuroscience and Animal Behavior specialist at the Philipps University of Marburg | PUM · Allgemeine und Biologische Psychologie.


How Ant Colonies Gamble

Helped along by a series of popular children's movies, we often like to assign even the smallest animals, such as ants or fish, a full set of human-like social abilities and features. However, given the tiny brain of an ant, it seems unlikely that they could perform complex tasks, such as strategic planning. However, an ant is never alone. They are always part of a colony, which can be composed of thousands, and even millions, of other ants. With typical...

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