Ants Have Teacher-Pupil Relations, Researchers Report

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 11, 2006   View Article

When you were younger, did a family member ever show you how to find the local grocery store? Members of the ant species Temnothorax albipennis have a similar family tradition, according to a new study.

The finding may be the first known example of a teacher-pupil relationship in a nonhuman animal, according to Nigel Franks, a biologist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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