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Forum: The Lounge 06-08-2021, 02:54 AM
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Posted By Guybrush
That is exactly what I was thinking as well. And...

That is exactly what I was thinking as well. And if they can't tell non-ant myrmecophiles (beetles/spiders/etc living in ant hills) from kin, they probably can't tell other non-kin-nestmates from...
Forum: The Lounge 06-07-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
This seems about right, except for the bolded...

This seems about right, except for the bolded part.

I have suggested a possible explanation. Ants being unable to recognize kin-nestmates from non-kin-nestmates could (should?) turn them...
Forum: The Lounge 06-07-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Yes, I did conflate the two. I've also since...

Yes, I did conflate the two. I've also since watched his lecture that you posted.

His lecture wasn't very illuminating. To my mind, he suggests that evolution happens at multiple levels. Through...
Forum: The Lounge 06-05-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
You may be missing something. The gene view / kin...

You may be missing something. The gene view / kin selection / inclusive fitness theory predicts normal one family/ monogamous queen ant colonies just fine because the ants are related and have the...
Forum: The Lounge 06-01-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
It seems like you could :laughing: It does...

It seems like you could :laughing:

It does seem like ants can tell nestmates apart from non-nestmates (from another colony) based on smell, but it is unclear to me whether they are able to sniff...
Forum: The Lounge 06-01-2021, 02:36 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Saw it this morning :) Although it doesn't...

Saw it this morning :)

Although it doesn't go into the many conflicts that exist in anthills, and maybe more so in colonies consisting of many families, it still was a very good documentary, I...
Forum: The Lounge 05-31-2021, 02:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Now this may BORE you, but I just wanted to...

Now this may BORE you, but I just wanted to quickly mention a concept in evolutionary theory which may also help understand how populations (even anthills) work and evolve.

The concept is...
Forum: The Lounge 05-31-2021, 02:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Yes, exactly. This is something that happens...

Yes, exactly. This is something that happens under certain conditions. If several queens found a colony together, the queens will fight after emergence of the first workers. Then, workers may also...
Forum: The Lounge 05-30-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Selfishness is a term used perhaps a little...

Selfishness is a term used perhaps a little peculiarly in biology, but you nail it with the bolded part. Because the unit of evolution is the gene (I would argue), to understand why the act of...
Forum: The Lounge 05-30-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
It's great :love: While I love biology, it's...

It's great :love:

While I love biology, it's not every day I get to bore other people with it.
Forum: The Lounge 05-30-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
To me, and as mentioned, it makes most sense to...

To me, and as mentioned, it makes most sense to think of an anthill as a collection of selfish genes. I'm a little unsure how much to get into as the gene's eye view of evolution is rather a big...
Forum: The Lounge 05-30-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Nice, jwb! I don't have time for a lengthy...

Nice, jwb!

I don't have time for a lengthy reply atm, but I will comment quickly. I believe the way we talk about ants may be misleading. We call the reproducing females queens which indicate they...
Forum: The Lounge 05-29-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
jwb, I put forward your question to other...

jwb, I put forward your question to other biologists I know in Norway through a facebook group we have. It's not yet brimming with replies, but there's some which has led to some interesting insights...
Forum: The Lounge 05-29-2021, 02:32 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
I didn't respond to this part as I was a bit...

I didn't respond to this part as I was a bit busy. I have seen some Wilson proponent ant hill selection arguments, but it was a long time ago and I cannot remember the details. Hence, I am quite...
Forum: The Lounge 05-28-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Yes. In social bees and ants, I guess you might...

Yes. In social bees and ants, I guess you might say a male is only half the woman a woman is.
Forum: The Lounge 05-28-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,303
Posted By Guybrush
Yes I am or used to be some 10ish years ago. From...

Yes I am or used to be some 10ish years ago. From what I can remember, social hymenopterans like ants or honey bees are fully explained by what you might call selfish gene theory (or rather kin...
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