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Anatomy of a superorganism -- structure and growth dynamics of army ant bivouacs

  title={Anatomy of a superorganism -- structure and growth dynamics of army ant bivouacs},
  author={Thomas Bochynek and Florian Schiffers and Andr{\'e} Aichert and Oliver S Cossairt and Simon Garnier and Michael Rubenstein},
Beyond unicellular and multicellular organisms, there is a third type of structural complexity in living animals: that of the mechanical self-assembly of groups of distinct multicellular organisms into dynamical, functional structures. One of the most striking examples of such structures is the army ant bivouac, a nest which self-assembles solely from the interconnected bodies of hundreds of thousands of individuals. These bivouacs are difficult to study because they rapidly disassemble when… 

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