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Physics and leaf-cutter ants

Jan. 5, 2011

From the group of Robert Schofield

Leaf-cutter ants rely on their razor-sharp mandibles to cut leaves to pieces. But over time, their mandibles dull. Physicist Robert Schofield, of the University of Oregon, looked at what happens when the aging ants struggle with their snipping. He and his colleagues found they take on a new job.

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