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Amazing is the word of Allah
Unlike the Bible, being tampered and changed by the human hands, that has failed to stand the test of science, the strongest evidence of the divine source of Quran is science, whatever scientific statements the Quran mentions is always compatible with science. In this page you will see how science supports the Holy Quran concerning its statement about the talk of ants.
Do ants talk, communicate with one another?
That is what really the Holy Quran says: Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said,
For scientists have shown that the insects talk to each other and are more intelligent than anyone ever realized. They discovered that ants communicate by stroking a natural 'washboard' on their abdomen with a body part that resembles a plectrum.
Scientists had known for decades that ants make noises by rubbing ridges on their bodies. However, it was assumed the scraping sound was nothing more than an alarm cry.
By placing 4mm microphones and speakers inside a nest of 400 red ants, a team of British and Spanish scientists were able to record the scraping sound of queens and play the sounds back to the workers.
Professor Jeremy Thomas, of Oxford University, who took part in the study, said: 'When we played the queen sounds they did "en garde" behaviour. 'They would stand motionless with their antennae held out and their jaws apart for hours --the moment anyone goes near they will attack.' Some of the noises made by queens and workers were identical but both groups of ants also had their own unique sounds.
Professor Thomas said: 'Our study shows for the first time that different members make different sounds and that the sounds result in different behaviour.'
The scientists are unsure how the ants 'hear' the sounds. They probably detect vibrations and may have a dedicated part of their bodies that listens out to vibrations in the air.
The study, published in the journal Science, also found that some predators trick ants by mimicking the sounds of the queens.