How clever army ants create 'living bridges' with their bodies using simple maths rules
Fascinating footage shows how army ants work together to build bridges with their own bodies.
The clip shows ants clambering over one another to traverse gaps in a series of different scenarios.
It was captured as part of a new study that explored how ants follow simple rules and use basic algorithms to build dynamic 'living' structures.
The study, from experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, showed that the ants may even opt to build bridges out of themselves when they find a gap on their route.
Lead researcher Dr Simon Garnier said: 'In the past, there has been a lot of... read more
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