Monday, April 03, 2006

Ants are amazing!

First there were swimming ants, and now the gliding ants!

The ants' hang time was impressive not because their bodies were particularly aerodynamic, but because they knew how to move their long limbs around to reduce drag. They moved their left hind legs outward and rotated them, an off-kilter motion that allowed them to maintain altitude.

Go read the whole article - it is an impressive example of exciting research in behavioral biology within an evolutionary context.

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