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August 11, 2020 - Paris Guardian

Ants were solitary species some 100 mln yrs ago: study

Ants were solitary species some 100 mln yrs ago: study
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NANJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Though ants are conventionally believed to value teamwork, a new study on an extinct ant species revealed that the animal used to be a solitary hunter some 100 million years ago.

According to an article published in the journal Current Biology, an insect called haidomyrmecine, or hell ant, is considered to be the earliest ant species that lived during the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs took over the world. One of these ants was captured in tree resin and found preserved in amber dating back 100 million years.

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