Researchers investigating colonies of the fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata in French
Guiana discovered that unlike other ants, queens of the species essentially clone themselves.
They emerge from unfertilized eggs and receive genes solely from their mothers.
Not to be outdone, male little fire ants also clone themselves, via a male genome that can
apparently eliminate any female genetic contribution in fertilized eggs, thereby leading to sons
being exact copies of fathers.
Gee, imagine that our eventual technological prowess in human cloning will make us as advanced as these ants have been for perhaps millions of years.
Published results of scholarly study of ant behavior has compared them to humans. Perhaps
the students of nature have it backwards.