Battle ants: Fighting to become leader of the colony results in a physical transformation (VIDEO).
Tournament-Style Battles Turn These Ants Into Fighting Machines​
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June 21 2014 10:00 AM

The Transformative Fight of Indian Jumping Ants

Tournament-style battles for colony supremacy turn them into fighting machines.


According to researchers at North Carolina State University, when a battle breaks out to become leader of the colony, Indian jumping ants undergo drastic physical changes, becoming more dominant fighters in the process. The transformation occurs as a result of hormone changes in the brain that occur during the high-stakes tournament.