You’re on a road you’ve never been on before when you encounter a fork in the road. You have no particular place you’re going. Do you take a left…or a right? Well, if you are an ant, chances are really high that you’ll head off to the left. New research has shown that the majority of rock ants instinctively go left when when exploring new nests or put in unfamiliar branching mazes. Why is this? According to researchers, these ants may be using their left eye to detect predators and their right eye to navigate. Also, the ant world is very maze-like so using consistent turning of the same way is a very good search and exit strategy. Furthermore, if their fellow ants are left-biased as well, this helps create safety in numbers when exploring the unknown.

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