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1. The mushroom body neuropils in the insect brain have been identified as a crucial memory circuit, and a spiking neural model of this circuit can account for the ability of desert ants to learn visual routes through complex natural environments.

2. Abstracting the key computational principles of this circuit allows for the estimation of the theoretical storage capacity of the ant mushroom body at hundreds of independent images.

3. The proposed model based on insect neuroanatomy has the potential to store a large number of images and distinguish previously stored images from similar ones, enabling successful recapitulation of routes under ecologically valid test conditions.

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