The ants are broken. I'm rewriting this ancient script for the 21st centry…
Specialised animals are usually the ones that go to the wall first. The generalists inherit the earth
- Extinct: the Irish elk, Wall to Wall Productions, 2002
Specialisation is for insects.
- Robert A. Heinlein
Wherever you have a large predatory animal, like the dinosaurs, they can become over-specialised so that when there is a catastrophe, and there is a great upheaval in the ecological balance, it is usually those over-specialised animals which go first. Its those generalist organisms which then to be better at coping with these ecological shifts.
- Dr. Simon Braddey, Bristol University
for more on ants see: how do ants walk in a straight line?