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Zombies roam the animal kingdom — and some of them may be after us

22 Jun 2013, 18:36 UTC
Zombies roam the animal kingdom — and some of them may be after us
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The zombies in "World War Z" are just actors — but in the animal world, zombies are a fact of life. Evolution can come up with some fiendish twists: For example, there are some species that bend other creatures to their will to keep their bizarre life cycles going. Or …

David Hughes / Penn StateOne fungus took over the brain of this zombified ant, but the first fungus was sabotaged by a different type of parasitic fungus.By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News

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The zombies in "World War Z" are just actors — but in the animal world, zombies are a fact of life. Evolution can come up with some fiendish twists: For example, there are some species that bend other creatures to their will to keep their bizarre life cycles going. Or just to feast on their delicious braaaains.To celebrate the premiere of "World War Z," here's a top-ten list of zombies from the animal kingdom, finishing up with a particularly pernicious parasite that can pose a risk to humans:
Zombie ants: There are special kinds of zombifying fungi that infect carpenter ants in Thailand and Brazil. The fungus grows into the ant's brain ...

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