* A fascinating account of these ubiquitous and highly successful creatures
* Looks at many aspects of the natural history of ants, from their sophisticated social structure, to their communication using pheromones - and the genetics that drives many aspects of their lives
* Ties in natural history with molecular biology, genetics, and even cutting-edge developments in robotics
Humans have long been fascinated by ants. While not necessarily brightly coloured or beautiful, ants display some remarkable characteristics that are almost unique in the animal world. They live in intricately organized societies, made up of individuals that cooperate, communicate, and divide up daily tasks. They display amazing ingenuity when it comes to building nests and other structures, finding supplies, or even exploiting other members of the animal kingdom. They are capable too of aggression and violence, of disturbing the apparent peace of their colonies and of sudden fratricidal or matricidal strife. In short, the lives of ants are among the most fascinating in the natural world.
This is an account of those lives - looking at the many species of ants around the world, explaining the secret of their huge ecological success, examining the remarkable and varied behaviours that ants exhibit, and tying in molecular biology, genetics, and even cutting-edge developments in robotics, to shed light on what makes ants unique.
Readership: General readers interested in natural history, particular entomology; readers of popular science; students and researchers in related fields in zoology.
"This readable book contains...and answers all the things you've ever wanted to know about ants. - James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday
"Excellent book." - Guy Dammann, Guardian.co.uk
"Laurent Keller is an exceptionally talented evolutionary biologist." - Nigel R. Franks, Science
"The book offers readers a fascinating account of the biology of ants." - Nigel R. Franks, Science
"The book will reward its readers." - Nigel R. Franks, Science
"Scientific yet accessible book." - The Economist
"Fascinating book." - PD Smith, The Guardian
"Attractive, readable summary of research into their lives." - Jonathan Beard, New Scientist
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Oxford University Press, Incorporated
February 25, 2010
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