The Madeleine Brand Show for December 27, 2011

Wars under our feet - Ant battles explained

Ants at war

Mark Moffett

African army ants battle enemies and prey using jaws like knife-blades.

Human's closest relative may be the chimpanzee. But when it comes to how we set up our society, we look a lot more like ants. Ants and humans both deal with complex issues like traffic management, public safety, crop domestication and even prolonged warfare. Mark Moffett details some of these similarities in an article in this month's Scientific American.

Guest:

Mark Moffett, entomologist and author of the book "Adventures Among Ants.”


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