Re: Coordinated behavior among birds, fish, and insects

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Date: Mon Aug 20 2001 - 11:57:53 BST

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    > It was assumed that the termites use their sense of
    > smell to guide the columns together, but when Eugene Marais stuck a steel
    > plate between two columns, he found that they still matched perfectly.
    > Marais also discovered that all the coordinated activities of the termites
    > are somehow facilitated by their queen. Even if the queen is isolated from
    > the workers in a compartment, when the queen is killed, all work instantly
    > stops.

    I'd love some references for these two pieces of work
    (I'm assuming they were published in the normal way).

     Chris Taylor ( »people»chris

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