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The superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies / Bert HoÌlldobler and Edward O. Wilson ; line drawings by Margaret C. Nelson.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

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Kirtland Community College Library QL 496 .H65 2009 30537438 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780393067040 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0393067041 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxi, 522 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Insect societies.

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The Superorganism : The Beauty Elegance and Strangeness of Insect Societies
The Superorganism : The Beauty Elegance and Strangeness of Insect Societies
by Wilson, Edward O.; Holldobler, Bert
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The Superorganism : The Beauty Elegance and Strangeness of Insect Societies

The Pulitzer Prize - winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume. The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming 18 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. 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 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.

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