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Short answer Ants use specialized facial structures called mandibles to cut, shape and carry soil and other matter. Background you say "I know ants break off soil in small quantities, so that a single ant carries very little soil...". On the contrary I would say - Ants can carry relatively a lot of soil, as they can lift up to about 100 times their own ...


The reason why cats are superb jumpers has not received much attention, but one article in Nature was entirely devoted to just this (Diamond, 1988). Here follows a partly quoted and partly adapted text from this article: First , because mass increases as the cube, but surface area as the square of linear dimensions, falling large animals are in general more ...

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