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Researchers have shown that older ants, which usually spend more time

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Researchers have shown that older ants, which usually spend more time gathering nourishment for the colony, tend to have larger brains than do younger ants, which usually help nurture ant larvae in the colony. Since gathering nourishment requires greater cognitive skills than does nurturing larvae, it would appear that such gathering leads to the increased brain size of older ants.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. Ants that have spent more time gathering nourishment do not have considerably larger brains than do ants that have spent a much shorter time gathering.
B. The brains of older ants that stop gathering nourishment to take on other tasks do not become smaller.
C. The brains of older ants that are not involved in gathering nourishment are the same size as those counterparts of the same age that do gather nourishment.
D. In many species of ants, the brains of older ants are only minimally larger than the brains of younger ants.
E. Ants that have to travel farther to gather nourishment do not have considerably larger brains than do ants that do not have to travel far.
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I am between C and D. I chose C because option D talks about some species. We don't know if the author is talking about these species of ants.

So C IMO

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C should be answer because it clearly weakens the argument by stating that brain size is not dependent on activity that ants do but depends on age of ants.


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New post 11 Oct 2017, 21:02
Would go with C on this one!
As this option clearly weakens the argument states that despite collecting food the brain size of larger ants is similar the brain size of larger ants who do work.

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