Ants Follow Forks in Their Roads to Find Home

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 15, 2004   View Article

Forget GPS, forget road signs. Foraging Pharaoh’s ants employ a simpler means to find their way home: geometry.

Researchers in England report that a simple rule the ants employ when building their trail networks helps to guide the ants home: Outbound trails always fork at a 60-degree angle, or thereabouts.

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