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How ants came to the old world

New research carried out on the genomes of insects from 192 locations have revealed that tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16 century ships. "A lot of these ships, particularly if they were going somewhere to pick up commerce, would fill their ballast with soil and then they would dump

Ethiopian amber preserves 95-million-year-old insects

Discovery News has posted a nice photo gallery showing ants, wasps, spiders and other organisms which were trapped in amber 95-million-years ago in Ethiopia.  It's believed that angiosperms and many insects, such as ants, co-evolved. No pollinating insects were found in the amber, suggesting that flowering plants were still rare

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