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NOVA - Little Creatures Who Run the World

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As a species, human beings seem to have been extremely successful in evolving and adapting to their environment. In this episode of NOVA, Dr. Edward Wilson, a sociobiologist, suggests that another group of animals - ants - may actually be the most successful Earth creature. Ants outnumber humans at a rate of a million to one. They can be found almost everywhere on the planet, and have existed in some form back almost to the time of the earliest living things. Dr. Wilson argues that the instinctive behavior of ants, particularly their tendency to live in large colonies, have made it possible for ants to survive in most conditions. The program compares ant behavior with human social structures, and makes the case that human societies may not be as well organized as ant colonies.

Duration 54m40s
Resolution 640x480
Video format H264
Audio format AAC
Language english
Subtitles english