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Still Waters

Fungus That Controls Zombie-Ants Has Own

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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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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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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.

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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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It seems like every species has it torturer.

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

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

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