Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants

  title={Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants},
  author={J. Kamhi and W. Gronenberg and S. K. Robson and J. Traniello},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • J. Kamhi, W. Gronenberg, +1 author J. Traniello
  • Published 2016
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • The metabolic expense of producing and operating neural tissue required for adaptive behaviour is considered a significant selective force in brain evolution. In primates, brain size correlates positively with group size, presumably owing to the greater cognitive demands of complex social relationships in large societies. Social complexity in eusocial insects is also associated with large groups, as well as collective intelligence and division of labour among sterile workers. However… CONTINUE READING
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