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Things you didn’t know about ants

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From the article  “10 Frightening Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Ants“.

10) Ants are as old as the dinosaurs

…ants first arose in the mid-Cretaceous period — about 110—130 million years ago…

9) Ants have already survived a mass extinction event

The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event…

8) Ants have conquered almost the entire globe

With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, just about every piece of land on Earth harbors at least one native ant species…

7) One group of ants conquered six continents
6) The total ant population makes our 7 billion look weak

In their Pulitzer-prize winning book The Ants, researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time.

5) Some ants are quite large
3) In some regions of the world, ants can account for over a quarter of the animal biomass
4) Ants have a hive mind
2) Ants cooperate with other species
1) Ants practice slavery

Many species of ants are known to raid neighboring colonies and steal eggs or larvae in a practice known as “dulosis”. The forcibly acquired young are then either eaten or put to work.

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