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Do ants yawn? My five year old asked me and I can not seem to find anything on it.

Question #80589. Asked by myrab51.

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Hi. Yawning involves inhaling and exhaling. Since insects don't have lungs, they are physically incapable of anything even resembling a yawn. All the organisms which are known to yawn are among the mammals, with a few unproven claims that some lizards may also yawn. Yawning has been shown to be "contagious" in chimps and humans, but I don't know if it works with dogs, cats, or other yawning mammals.

May 17 2007, 4:13 PM
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Thank you! She has been asking for about a week. This should make her happy.

May 17 2007, 4:30 PM
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"Insects don't have lungs, so how do they breathe? Using tiny air sacs no-one even knew existed, according to American scientists who have taken the first close-up views of the process."

May 17 2007, 4:53 PM
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