Darth Paradox (darthparadox) wrote,
Darth Paradox

Holy crap, ants

BoingBoing has a video from a documentary on ants. In the second half of the video, they fill an ant colony with cement and then excavate it (fossil-style) to see what the colony actually looks like.

The sheer scope of the colony - 40 tons of soil displaced, to create a network of tunnels the size of a small house - is absolutely stunning. It's laid out in a coherent way - main arterials for ant traffic, side roads, regularly spaced chambers, and a frickin' ventilation system to get rid of carbon dioxide from their fungus gardens - and yet there was no single architect behind it, but rather the collective consensus of the colony.

Nature never ceases to astound me.

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