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Social Evolution in Ants
Biologists have long been intrigued and confounded by the complex issues in the evolution and ecology of the social behaviour of insects. The self-sacrifice of sterile workers in ant colonies hasExpand
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Collective memory and spatial sorting in animal groups.
We present a self-organizing model of group formation in three-dimensional space, and use it to investigate the spatial dynamics of animal groups such as fish schools and bird flocks. We reveal theExpand
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Self-Organization in Biological Systems
From the Publisher: "Broad in scope, thorough yet accessible, this book is a self-contained introduction to self-organization and complexity in biology - a field of study at the forefront of lifeExpand
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Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move
For animals that forage or travel in groups, making movement decisions often depends on social interactions among group members. However, in many cases, few individuals have pertinent information,Expand
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Food Hoarding in Animals
In this first comprehensive synthesis of the literature on food hoarding in animals, Stephen B. Vander Wall discusses how animals store food, how they use food and how this use affects individualExpand
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The dynamics of collective sorting robot-like ants and ant-like robots
A distributed sorting algorithm, inspired by how ant colonies sort their brood. is presented for use by robot teams. The robots move randomly, do not communicate. have no hierarchical organisation,Expand
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Teams in animal societies
We review the existence of teams in animal societies. Teams have previously been dismissed in all but a tiny minority of insect societies. ‘‘Team’’ is a term not generally used in studies ofExpand
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Information flow, opinion polling and collective intelligence in house-hunting social insects.
The sharing and collective processing of information by certain insect societies is one of the reasons that they warrant the superlative epithet 'super-organisms' (Franks 1989, Am. Sci. 77, 138-145).Expand
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Teaching in tandem-running ants
The ant Temnothorax albipennis uses a technique known as tandem running to lead another ant from the nest to food —with signals between the two ants controlling both the speed and course of the run.Expand
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Speed versus accuracy in collective decision making
We demonstrate a speed versus accuracy trade–off in collective decision making. House–hunting ant colonies choose a new nest more quickly in harsh conditions than in benign ones and are lessExpand
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