Here's a short piece from the New York Times about scientists who used DNA analysis to determine that a newly discovered ant is "the most primitive of living ants, its DNA least changed in the more than 100 million years that ants have crawled around." Don't miss the spiffy infographic, which offers some interesting trivia on Martialis heureka (the ant's name is a joke based on E.O. Wilson's reaction to seeing it for the first time).

 

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