T.rex ant turns out to be a timid ant


The Straits Times reported that an ant named after the fierce, carnivorous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex has been observed alive for the first time by Mr Gordon YONG, Year 4 student from the Department of Biological Sciences and Mr Mark WONG, a National Geographic Young Explorer, from the National Parks Board. The researchers found that the ant is a timid, finicky eater, and often froze up and ran away when other organisms came close. Until now, these Asian ants were a complete mystery to science, despite being discovered more than 20 years ago. No one had ever collected more than a single specimen or observed it alive for an extended period of time.


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-       Channel NewsAsia Online

-       Yahoo! News (17 May)

-       IFL Science! (17 May)

-       Live Science (16 May)

-       National Geographic (16 May)


Source : The Straits Times (Thursday, 18 May 2017)


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