The Ant Odometer: Stepping on Stilts and Stumps

@article{Wittlinger2006TheAO,
  title={The Ant Odometer: Stepping on Stilts and Stumps},
  author={Matthias Wittlinger and R. Wehner and H. Wolf},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312},
  pages={1965 - 1967}
}
  • Matthias Wittlinger, R. Wehner, H. Wolf
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Desert ants, Cataglyphis, navigate in their vast desert habitat by path integration. They continuously integrate directions steered (as determined by their celestial compass) and distances traveled, gauged by as-yet-unknown mechanisms. Here we test the hypothesis that navigating ants measure distances traveled by using some kind of step integrator, or “step counter.” We manipulated the lengths of the legs and, hence, the stride lengths, in freely walking ants. Animals with elongated (“stilts… CONTINUE READING
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