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Science  28 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5906, pp. 1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.1167005

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The Superorganism. The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies. By Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson. Norton, New York, 2008. 544 pp. $55, C$60.50, £30. ISBN 9780393067040.

Summarizing the past couple of decades of research on the ecology and evolution of social insects-with their tightly knit colonies, altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and division of labor-Hölldobler and Wilson argue that these "superorganisms" represent a basic stage of biological organization, between the organism and the species.