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The quarterly review of biology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  785523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, the evidence suggesting that honey bees communicate with a "dance language" has been stronly attached on both theoretical and experimental grounds. An alternative theory has been proposed by which bees are supposed to use only odors to locate sources of food. A review of the evolution of the controversy isolates and analyzes the main issues. Early experiments which she fundamental problem in this important dispute has been that dancing bees advertise a food location with site-specific odoer information as well as symbolic distance and direction coordinates. A new technique has overcome this problem and demonstrated that von Frisch's dance language theory is, on the whole, correct. The apparently contradictory results of Wenner and his colleagues are shown to be due to their techniques for training bees. The dance-language controversy raises issues beyond how bees communicate. These include whether and when "evolutionary" arguments are useful, and to what extent Kuhn's scientific revolution paradign fits the dispute.
J L Gould
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Quarterly review of biology     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0033-5770     ISO Abbreviation:  Q Rev Biol     Publication Date:  1976 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-10-29     Completed Date:  1976-10-29     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376515     Medline TA:  Q Rev Biol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Animal Communication*
Bees / physiology*
Behavior, Animal / physiology*

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