A study by Hebrew University scientists is the first evidence that animals give up sleep to tend to others’ offspring, and do not suffer negative effects.
When larvae need to be fed or pupae need attention, brood-tending bumblebee workers stay awake to take care of them and don’t suffer sleep-deprivation symptoms, according to a study published in Current Biology by Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists.
“This is the first evidence that animals give up sleep to care for offspring that are not their own,” write co-authors Moshe Nagari, Ariel Gera, Sara Jonsson and Guy Bloch.
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