Hive Mind: Champions of Synchronization

This article is taken from Les Indispensables de Sciences et Avenir #210 July/September 2022.

In the sky, starlings form huge moving clouds, never colliding. In the sea, schools of fish perform a harmonious choreography… “These collective organizations are observed at all levels of life, from bacteria to large mammals,” recalls Guy Therolaz, an ethologist at the Center for Animal Cognition Research in Toulouse. increase their chances of survival. By grouping into a tight formation, they can more easily elude predators… and explore a wider hunting area.

Flocks of starlings are still hard to understand

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