Erik Frank

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This is not an altruistic behavior. The ants do not help the injured out of the goodness of their hearts. There is a clear benefit for the colony: these injured ants are able to participate again in future raids and remain a functioning member of the colony. It first sounded illogical to me why they should evolve this type of helping behavior. After a closer look, we realized that the good of the individual, saving the injured, can also be for the good of the colony, and that individuals can be very valuable in ants.feedback
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Apr 12 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Erik Frank has to say. All of Erik Frank’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Erik Frank came from an article called Injured ants get rescued after sending chemical SOS, researchers find: “This [is] behaviour you don't expect to see in ants; you always imagine an individual ant as having no value for the colony and that they sacrifice themselves for the good of the colony. These ants do not have empathy, they use chemical communication. By saving these injured ants which participate again in future raids, they don't have to replace them by producing new workers.”.
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