" We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged." - Dissent from Darwin

Natural selection [is used] carelessly as a mantra, as in the evidence-free “just-so stories” concocted out of thin air by mentally lazy adaptationists. (Stephen Jay Gould)

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence. (Isaac newton)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

How BEE learned to dance

ScienceDaily (Jun. 10, 2008) — Asian and European honeybees can learn to understand one another's dance languages despite having evolved different forms of communication, an international research team has shown for the first time.

The nine species of honeybees found worldwide separated about 30 to 50 million years ago, and subsequently developed different dance 'languages'. The content of the messages is the same, but the precise encoding of these languages differs between species.
Now researchers from Australia, China and Germany have discovered that the two most geographically distant bee species -- the European honeybee Apis mellifera and the Asian honeybee Apis cerana -- can share information and cooperate to exploit new food sources.
Storytellers: Dr Shenglu Chen and Songkun Su from Zhejiang University in China and Dr Jürgen Tautz from Würzburg University in Germany
Honeybee Dance Breaks Down Cultural Barrier

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