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Eusociality: origin and consequences.
In this new assessment of the empirical evidence, an alternative to the standard model is proposed: group selection is the strong binding force in eusocial evolution; individual selection, the strongExpand
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The number of queens: An important trait in ant evolution
The pervasive social and ecological differences between ant colonies that have a single queen and those that have multiple queens are defined. The evolutionary tendencies which lead to polygyny andExpand
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The rise of the ants: a phylogenetic and ecological explanation.
In the past two decades, studies of anatomy, behavior, and, most recently, DNA sequences have clarified the phylogeny of the ants at the subfamily and generic levels. In addition, a rich new harvestExpand
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The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct
The Leafcutter Ants is the most detailed and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a text suitable for both a lay and a scientific audience, the book provides anExpand
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Journey to the ants: a story of scientific exploration
Preface 1. The Dominance of Ants 2. For the Love of Ants 3. The Life and Death of the Colony 4. How Ants Communicate 5. War and Foreign Policy 6. The Ur-Ants 7. Conflict and Dominance 8. The OriginExpand
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Recruitment behavior in Camponotus socius (Hym. Formicidae)
  • B. Hölldobler
  • Biology
  • Zeitschrift für vergleichende Physiologie
  • 1 June 1971
Summary1.Scout ants of Camponotus socius set chemical “sign posts” (hindgut material) around newly discovered food sources. They lay a hindgut trail from the food source to the nest, however theExpand
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The multiple recruitment systems of the african weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Summary1.African weaver ants (Oecophylla longinoda) utilize no less than five recruitment systems to draw nestmates from the leaf nests to the remainder of the nest tree and to the foraging areasExpand
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Home range orientation and territoriality in harvesting ants.
  • B. Hölldobler
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 1 August 1974
Trunk trails, used by Pogonomyrmex barbatus and P. rugosus during foraging and homing, have the effect of avoiding aggressive confrontations between neighboring colonies of the same species. TheyExpand
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