Ted Schultz Digging

Photo: Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo, Smithsonian
December 23, 2013
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man digging deep into dirt
Photo: Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo, Smithsonian

Ted Schultz, curator of ants at the National Museum of Natural History, studies the nest and behavior of the newly discovered fungus-farming ant species, Cyatta abscondita, in Brazil. The new species is a ‘living fossil’ which can help scientists reveal the way in which the first fungus-farming ant may have lived.

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