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Linfield biologist’s research touted by Washington Post

Biology Professor Chad Tillberg says “dinosaur ants” are not so different from humans when it comes to the haves and have-nots. His research was covered by news outlets in the U.S., Argentina and China. 

 

Read more in The Washington Post

‘Dinosaur ants’ not so different from humans when it comes to haves and have-nots

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — A recession’s on, but no one told the uber-rich. Even as Occupy Wall Street protests spread, wealth is streaming into the hands of the world’s wealthiest 1 percent. Meanwhile, the poorest of the poor have trouble putting food on the table, even though they do the backbreaking labor that keeps the whole human enterprise going.

It turns out, humans aren’t the only species with vast disparities of resources and an unequal division of labor.

Researchers have been sleuthing their way through Argentine jungles and excavating human-sized holes in the forest floor to take a look at the division of labor and resources among one of the world’s largest ant species, the giant South American ant Dinoponera australis. The ant measures over an inch long. MORE

 

Ant image by Alex Wild