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Masses on the Move

When animals seek the company of lots of others

There is something ‘instinctive’ in humans following others: If people start running in one direction, chances are others will join them. In fact, we can’t help being fascinated by mass aggregations of organisms whether it is groups of humans, flocks of birds, herds of countless wildebeest or bison on their migration, schools of fish on their way to their spawning grounds, a plague of locusts, swarms of bees, or lemmings on the run. Continue reading