Did Ants Obtain Antibiotics Before Us?

A recent paper in the Journal of Nature Communications outlines an incredible discovery that will change the way you view insects.

Caden Ornt
4 min readJan 18, 2024
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I have spent much of my life assuming that insects were essentially mindless creatures, but a recent study shows that these tiny creatures may be more complicated than that.

Before we can really understand the study, we must first understand some things about ants. Firstly, they have a much better grasp of teamwork than we humans do.

Many species of ants will use each other's bodies to help bridge gaps between objects such as leaves. They will also break up large food sources and carry it back one by one to the nest. They use similar methods for building their nest.

Ants are also very good at delegating tasks, but before we can understand how exactly that works, let's talk about how they communicate.

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Caden Ornt

Writer, Photographer, Programmer, Sailor, and Learner | I enjoy writing about a diverse range of topics from AI to psychology.