Scientists have found that in emergency situations in ant colonies, their inhabitants begin to behave like a neural network.

Scientists Daniel Cronauer and Asaf Gal came to this conclusion, as they developed a setup for a thorough analysis of the decision-making process in ant colonies.

The experiment is described by them in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bottom line is that during a fire in an anthill, for example, ants make decisions depending on the combustion temperature and the number of members of the colony inside.

Thus, it was possible to obtain evidence that ants combine sensory information with the parameters of their group, and the decision in an emergency is made by the collective mind.

Scientists believe that this experiment is one of the first steps towards understanding how insect communities participate in collective decisions.

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