The last discovery of a new ant species was in 1923, he added.
"This is the first time that a new subfamily of ants with living species has been discovered since 1923 (other new subfamilies have been discovered from fossil ants)."
Alex Wild's blog wrote:Eureka! Heureka! An Astonishing New Ant!
Nature news wrote:Viral DNA delivers wasp's sting - Origins of virus-like particles confirmed
The research sheds light on the origins of particles that some parasitic wasps inject, along with their eggs, into caterpillars. These particles, called polydnaviruses, carry genes that halt the caterpillar's immune response when expressed, allowing the wasp larvae to grow.
Scientists already suspected that polydnaviruses had a viral origin, but the study "provides an important bit of information indicating who the ancient ancestor probably was", says Michael Strand, an entomologist at the University of Georgia in Athens who has worked with one of the study's authors. It makes sense that polydnaviruses come from nudiviruses, he says, because nudiviruses commonly infect the reproductive tracts of insects.
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