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Ancient armored soldier termites struggled against ants

An astonishing world of active warring ants and heavy armored soldier termites was discovered by paleontologists in Burmese amber that dates to the middle of the Cretaceous period. Due to the well-preserved integrity of the examples and their abundance, scientists had a possibility to learn much new about the early representatives of the species that still exist and thrive.

Termite nests: The secret of the architectural skill

Despite of the tiny size, termites can move hundreds and thousands of kilograms of soil, raising huge — especially by their measures — nests. They get very firm and effective constructions with a functioning ventilating system and climate control, with galleries and floors. But for all that no insect from the colony has any definite plan for construction: everything happens through self-organization.