The emergence of the concept of a tool in food-retrieving behavior of the ants Formica japonica Motschulsky

Nobuhide Kitabayashi, Yoshiyuki Kusunoki, Yukio Gunji

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Abstract

We propose a weak definition for the usage of a tool for an ethological study of ants. In particular, we illustrate the usage of a cart in experiments on the transportation of foods by ants as employing a logical structure including a contradiction. The contradiction originates in ruling out the very term 'tool' from the description of the behavior of the animals. Focusing on a self-similar structure underlying the description of a contradiction, we observe a particular time-series sequence of ants' behaviors following a 1/f or Zipf's law. The behaviors following the 1/f or Zipf's law manifest an appropriateness of the notion of a cart as a logical jump. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-155
Number of pages13
JournalBioSystems
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 May
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anthropomorphism
  • Emergent property
  • Usage of tool

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Drug Discovery

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The emergence of the concept of a tool in food-retrieving behavior of the ants Formica japonica Motschulsky. / Kitabayashi, Nobuhide; Kusunoki, Yoshiyuki; Gunji, Yukio.

In: BioSystems, Vol. 50, No. 2, 05.1999, p. 143-155.

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Kitabayashi, Nobuhide ; Kusunoki, Yoshiyuki ; Gunji, Yukio. / The emergence of the concept of a tool in food-retrieving behavior of the ants Formica japonica Motschulsky. In: BioSystems. 1999 ; Vol. 50, No. 2. pp. 143-155.
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