Many interesting accounts have been written of the ways in which Fibonacci numbers keep cropping up in biological situations. We began the last chapter with the development of a rabbit colony, admittedly rather an artificial example. The ancestry of a male bee has been described in Professor F.W. Land, The Language of Mathematics. Here is the drone’s family tree, taking into account that he comes from an unfertilised egg of a queen bee: Successive generations of ancestors follow the Fibonacci sequence; this assumes, however, that all queens in the ancestry are distinct, which is not necessarily true.
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- Biological Illustrations of Fibonacci Sequences
Joan M. Holland
- Palgrave Macmillan UK
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