Science: Eciton Matriarchy

Dr. Theodore Christian Schneirla of the New York Museum of Natural History has one absorbing interest in life. An animal psychologist of renown, he would rather study the army ant than any insect he knows. Last week he was back in Manhattan from the Canal Zone with new lore about the most predatory of ants and its life in a society of fierce complexity.

Army ants march through tropical forests in narrow, hurrying columns or large sweeping masses. Some are going out to battle, others returning with prey, i.e., food for the central colony....

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