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Ants turn their kids into life rafts when it floods

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When facing oncoming floodwaters, ants use their helpless babies as floating life-preservers — by sticking them at the very bottom of the life rafts that they build with their own bodies.

The findings, described in a paper published in PLOS One, reveal that ant-rafts have a fascinating internal structure — one that maximizes the group’s buoyancy and thus, their chances of survival. But it does so by putting the young ant brood at the very bottom of the boat, exposed…

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