The Ants

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Sep 1, 1998 - Science - 732 pages
From the Arctic to South Africa - one finds them everywhere: Ants. Making up nearly 15% of the entire terrestrial animal biomass, ants are impressive not only in quantitative terms, they also fascinate by their highly organized and complex social system. Their caste system, the division of labor, the origin of altruistic behavior and the complex forms of chemical communication makes them the most interesting group of social organisms and the main subject for sociobiologists. Not least is their ecological importance: Ants are the premier soil turners, channelers of energy and dominatrices of the insect fauna.

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This is a beautiful and comprehensive book that summarizes what is known about ants. Ants are the foundation upon which E.O. Wilson's marvelous career was based. If you try to read this in bed, you won't be able to breathe (because of the mass on your chest. Read full review

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User Review  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

If you have any interest in ants, communal insects or insects in general, you need this book. It is just the best non-specialist book you can find. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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