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To become queen, these ants fight — then shrink their brains – NBC News

Female Indian jumping ants that lose their bids for the crown can regrow their brains — a feat that has never been seen before in insects.

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Most ant species are born into royalty. But for Indian jumping ants, female workers can fight for the crown.
The catch? The winner becomes queen, but its brain also shrinks.
In a study published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists discovered that Indian jumping ants can shrink and regrow their brains within a few weeks a feat that has never been seen before in insects and is also incredibly rare in the animal kingdom.
“Indian jumping ants are particularly unique,”…

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