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Army ants build safety scaffolds to catch their falling friends

Army ants forming a scaffold megastructure to cross a vertical surface

The success of a colony of ants is one big exercise in collaboration, with the insects known to share all manner of responsibilities, from forming conveyor belts for food transport to construction of their nest. Scientists have now discovered a fascinating new example of this teamwork, finding army ants join their bodies together to form scaffolds that stop nest mates from tumbling down steep terrain.

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Category: Biology, Science

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