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Re: Could Caudipteryx Ant?

It looks like Caudipteryx might have been able to ant!
Two points below, from

1. The metapleural gland secretes known antibiotics, which could be of use to other species.
2. The ant fossils include advanced species that indicate considerable evolution, allowing
some extrapolation backward from the 92 Myr age of the fossils to an estimated origin
of ants 130 Myr back.

So, if Caudipteryx were so inclined, it could, possibly, get rid of those nasty lice by
-Gus Derkits

Quotes from the AMNH web site:

The new ant specimens are of particular consequence because they show the presence of a
              "metapleural gland," which is the distinguishing anatomical feature of ants and is a key to their ability
              to live in colonies underground or in rotting trees. This gland, found above the hind legs, secretes a
              substance that functions as an antibiotic and prevents bacteria and fungi from invading the ants'
              nests and infecting the members of the colony. The development of this gland is believed to be
              associated with the evolution of the ants' social system, which has been a key factor in their
              tremendous ecological dominance.
The discovery of both primitive and more advanced fossil ants in 92-million-year-old amber
              shows that the major lineages of ants arose before the great extinction at the end of the
              Cretaceous, 65 million years ago. A reasonable estimate would place the origin of ants in the
              Lower Cretaceous at about 130 million years ago.