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Fungus That Controls Zombie-Ants Has Own

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

An unsuspecting worker ant in Brazil's rainforest leaves its nest one morning. But instead of following the well-worn treetop paths of its nest mates, this ant stumbles along clumsily, walking in aimless circles, convulsing from time to time.

At high noon, as if programmed, the ant plunges its mandibles into the juicy main vein of a leaf and soon dies. Within days the stem of a fungus sprouts from the dead ant's head. After growing a stalk, the fungus casts spores to the ground below, where they can be picked up by other passing ants.

http://www.scientifi...fungus-parasite

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:37 PM

This is pretty creepy. I didn't think these types of fungi existed.
It wouldbe bad if this happend for humans..


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:52 PM

View PostPupp3t, on 10 November 2012 - 02:37 PM, said:

This is pretty creepy. I didn't think these types of fungi existed.
It wouldbe bad if this happend for humans..

I'm sure some unethical scientists somewhere are experimenting with that idea.

Edited by Coffey, 10 November 2012 - 02:52 PM.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:04 AM

Ahh yes, the dark hand of science. Let us believe we're marching into human evolution! :D
Give me a break.. <_<
You do have a point, sir. Many shady people in this world have weaponized certain viruses. We've performed biological warfare since medieval times. It would be no surprise if a parasitic virus of fungus plagued the human population as part of a mass population control procedure. :gun:


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:41 AM

It seems like every species has it torturer.


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:07 AM

Funny that the little things in nature can kill us easily.


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:13 AM

Way to go nature for being more frightening then any book, movie, or story ever written kudos.






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