First Edition of The Superorganism; Signed by Both Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson

  • The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies .

The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies .

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Item Number: 4279

New York: W.W. Norton, 2009.

First edition. Quarto, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by both authors, Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler on the half title page.

The Superorganism comes eighteen 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 conducted mostly within the last two decades. 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, as the authors demonstrate, 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.

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