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farming ants
Posted On 09/04/2008 06:42:15 by Pratanu

Scientists find that the ants took up farming 50 million years.  The researchers done a research in the ancestry of these little creatures which crawl around the home.  An analysis of the DNA of farmer ants traced them back to a sort of madam ant, at least for that raise their own food.  This paper has been published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. 

 

It is amazing to tell you all that the ants have developed different types of farming in the last 25 million years including the well-known leaf-cutter ants.  According to Ted Schultz and Sean Brady at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Leaf-cutter ants don’t eat the leaves they collect.  They grow fungus on the leaves and eat the fungus.  Other four types of animals that are known to farm for food are as follows:



  1. Ants.

  2. Termites.

  3. Dark Beetles.

  4. People.
 

All four cultivate fungi.  By studying the fungus growing ants, the researchers hope to learn about the development of ant agriculture.



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