Synchronistic Activity Is Another Superpower Possessed by Ants, Biologists Say

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Synchronistic Activity , Is Another Superpower , Possessed by Ants, Biologists Say.
'Newsweek' reports that scientists have
discovered another incredible skill possessed
by ants that allows them to avoid traffic jams.
Biologists at Texas Tech University and other institutions
found that the clever synchronization skills of
Leptothorax ants help them to avoid congestion.
The team's findings were published in
the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society.'.
The biologists determined that it is the ants'
sudden activity, performed simultaneously, that
allows them to avoid any potential traffic jams.
The study found that synchronization plays a role in
the way ants collectively transport prey and their , "consensus-decision making
when choosing a nest.".
'Newsweek' reports that while scientists have long
observed these synchronistic behaviors in ants, several
species' "collective activity rhythm" remains a mystery. .
Overall, the team found that bursts
of activity resulted in better spatial
accessibility inside the nest. .
Inactive ants behave as immobile
obstacles that constrain the potential
locations where active ants can walk. , Texas Tech University study, via 'Newsweek'.
The synchronization of worker
activity thereby makes it possible for
ants to be active in more regions of
the nest as more ants become active. , Texas Tech University study, via 'Newsweek'.
'Newsweek' reports that the latest study expanded
scientists' understanding of the synchronized
biological rhythms that social animals employ.

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