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Icky, but Interesting! [Dec. 22nd, 2005|05:04 pm]
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The jaws of African fire ants are used as sutures for wounds in Kenya, Uganda, and parts of South Africa. After an operation is performed, an ant is allowed to bite into the two flaps of skin along the line of the incision. The ant’s body is then twisted off, leaving the head with it’s mandables locked into the skin like a stitch. A number of these miniature “stitches” are placed along a wound. During the healing process, they closely resemble modern surgical stitching.

[User Picture]From: mike_tm
2005-12-23 11:46 pm (UTC)
Uhhh, if they're inventive enough to come up with that why don't they just use stitching? Do their clothes never get torn or something? I don't expect everyone to have advanced medical technology, but a needle and thread not being available? That's just odd. The sewing needle has been around since ancient Egypt at least. If I remember correctly stone age people made needles out of horn and bone.

Seems a lot easier than chasing down several fire ants, somehow containing them before the procedure, lining the ant up carefully on the wound and then having it give what must be a fairly vicious bite to the wounded individual.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-24 07:14 am (UTC)
*nod* It's a good point. I don't know why, or if it's rituals for certain tribes or what. I just got it out of a fact book.
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