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These ants can shrink and regrow their brains – National Geographic

New research on Indian jumping ants shows they can undergo dramatic reversible changes previously unknown in insects.

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For most ant colonies, theres a straightforward hierarchy: a single queen lays all the eggs, while a caste system of workers manages everything elseforaging for food, nursing baby ants, going to war, and so on. Only males and queens can reproduce, and the rest of the ants are sterile. If the queen dies, the colony usually does, too.
Things are different for the Indian jumping ant, a species with forceps-like jaws and large black eyes that inhabits forests along Indias western coast. In these colonies,…

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