Nest of rare ant T. rex found in Singapore

Until now, these Asian ants were a complete mystery to science, despite being discovered more than 20 years ago. Credit: Gordon Yong, Insect Diversity Lab/ National University of SingaporeAn ant named after the fierce, carnivorous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex has been observed alive for the first time — and it failed to live up to the dinosaur's reputation. Tyrannomyrmex rex is a timid, finicky eater, new research finds. The ants can, however, turn to cannibalism in times of need. Until now, these Asian ants were a complete mystery to science, despite being discovered more than 20 years ago. No one had ever collected more than a single specimen, and no one had ever observed a T. rex ant alive for an extended period of time. So when biologist Mark Wong stumbled across a colony of T. rex ants while conducting an ant diversity survey in Singapore, he knew he had something important. He and his colleague Gordon Yong from the National University of Sing

Nest of rare ant T. rex found in Singapore

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