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The Independent Discovery of TCP/IP, By Ants

Posted: February 4th, 2015, 8:55 am
by Allen Dick
"The Sum of its Parts

"After years of watching ant colonies in the Arizona desert, Stanford biologist Debra Gordon made a discovery: harvester ants, the species she was studying, had a very particular foraging technique.

"Individual harvester ants would forage for seeds to bring back to the colony. Once they’d left, they would not come back until they found something. As you might imagine, this didn’t work out for some ants: ants would often perish before ever finding food, or carrying a seed back to the nest, particularly on the hottest and driest of days. ... p-by-ants/