The Pulitzer Prize - winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume.
The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming 18 years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of the social insects (among them ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and is based on remarkable research. These superorganisms - a tightly knit colony of individuals, formed by altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and division of labor - represent one of the basic stages of biological organization, midway between the organism and the entire species. The study of the superorganism has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution, and how life as a whole has progressed from simple to complex forms.