Research by the French ethnologist Michel Peissel makes a claim that the story of 'Gold-digging ants' reported by the Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the 5th century BC, was founded on the golden Himalayan marmot of the Deosai plateau and the habit of local tribes such as the Minaro to collect the gold dust excavated from their burrows.
I'm always amused by statements like that in the article you linked: the existence of these marmots doesn't vindicate Herodotus at all. It only means he relayed the same legends people have been repeating for ages.
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