There are 2.5 million ants for every human

Scientists have estimated the number ants that inhabit the earth: 20 quadrillion specimens.

Through a peer-reviewed study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesauthor Patrick Schultheiss reveals an amazing fact: There are 2.5 million ants for every person alive today.

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According to the study, “It is impossible to imagine the 20,000,000,000,000,000 ants stacked”.

“We estimate that at 20 trillion ants The average size corresponds to a dry weight or ‘biomass’ of about 12 million tonnes of carbon,” the author said Washington Post.

That would mean everything ants together they weigh more than all the wild birds and mammals on the planet, yet they would make up only one-fifth of the total weight of humans.

To come up with the number, the scientists analyzed 489 published studies that examined the number of ants in a certain environment.

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The small insects are found on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, which has more than 12,000 species.

That yes, the ants They are unevenly distributed on the earth’s surface. They vary sixfold between habitats and generally peak in the tropics. This underscores the importance of tropical regions in maintaining healthy populations ants.

There are thought to be 250,000 individuals living together per colony, and their importance is key to ecosystems: they aerate the soil, which means water and oxygen can reach the plants’ roots. They move the seeds and carry them to their tunnels, where new plants often sprout. They hunt pests and keep forests clean by eating rotted wood and other decaying materials.

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