Shaken, not stirred: a serendipitous study of ants and earthquakes

  title={Shaken, not stirred: a serendipitous study of ants and earthquakes},
  author={J. Lighton and F. Duncan},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  pages={3103 - 3107}
  • J. Lighton, F. Duncan
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • SUMMARY There is anecdotal evidence for profound behavioral changes prior to and during earthquakes in many organisms, including arthropods such as ants. Behavioral or physiological analysis has often, in light of these reports, been proposed as a means of earthquake prediction. We report here a serendipitous study of the effect of the powerful Landers earthquake in the Mojave Desert, USA (Richter magnitude 7.4) on ant trail dynamics and aerobic catabolism in the desert harvester ant Messor… CONTINUE READING
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