The superorganism: the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies

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The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of the social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and is based on remarkable research conducted mostly within the last two decades. These superorganisms—a tightly knit colony of individuals, formed by altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and division of labor—represent one of the basic stages of biological organization, midway between the organism and the entire species. The study of the superorganism, as the authors demonstrate, has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution and how life as a whole has progressed from simple to complex forms. Ultimately, this book provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a very few.
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display_description The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division.
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table_of_contents The construction of a superorganism -- Genetic social evolution -- Sociogenesis -- The genetic evolution of decision rules -- The division of labor -- Communication -- The rise of the ants -- Ponerine ants : the great radiation -- The attine leafcutters : the ultimate superorganisms -- Nest architecture and house hunting.
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title The superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies
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title_full The superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies / Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson ; line drawings by Margaret C. Nelson
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title_sort superorganism the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies
title_sub the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies