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What Darwin Overlooked About Fighting Female Animals

Queen ants fight dirty. With their powerful jaws, they clamp down on ­each other, ripping through exoskeleton and vital flesh—a fight to the death. The spoils of victory include the deceased’s entire colony.  The queen with the broader head and stronger jaws is most likely to win.

headstrong: Queen ants of some species fight to death to acquire a place to

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