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Seen in 3D: The ants of the world

10 June 2012 Last updated at 03:00 BST

Scientists from the US are embarking on a mission to capture a detailed 3D image of every ant species known to exist.

The team is visiting museums throughout the world to photograph all the ant specimens in their collections.

Their aim is to produce an online graphic catalogue open to both scientists and the public.

Victoria Gill went to meet the team at London's Natural History Museum.