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The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct

By: Bert Holldobler and Edward O Wilson

157 pages, Col plates, figs

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | Oct 2010 | #186501 | ISBN-13: 9780393338683
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Each colony of leafcutters contains up to five million workers, all the daughters of a single queen that can live for over a decade. A nest can stretch nine metres across, rise one and a half metres or more above ground and can reach over seven metres below ground. The leafcutter ants have expanded their instinctive civilisation into a virtual domination of the land from Louisiana to Patagonia.

This book, from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, is the ultimate explanation of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved.

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Bert H#lldobler is the Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard University professor for nearly five decades, is the author of more than twenty books. Both are the recipients of numerous awards.

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