Zombies for real: U.S. Has Its Very Own Species of Ant-Zombifying Fungus
With their recent popularity in literary fiction and cinema, zombies have managed to raise quite some thrill and fear in our hearts. And quite surely many of us have spared a thought to a prospect of their existence. As of now, their existence have only been found among certain ants:
Zombie ants, the ghostly slaves of a mind-controlling fungus seen creeping around places like South America for years, have now been spotted in the United States. But don’t panic—they’ve probably been here all along, and we only just now noticed. This invades the brain of the ants, manipulates them into a very specific spot in the forest, and kills them before raining down spores on their comrades.
Scientists at Penn State have for the first time shown that a fungus here in the U.S. invades the brains of ants, manipulates them into a very specific spot in the forest, and kills them before raining down spores on their comrades. Researchers are still working on its properties and capacity.
However, one does note how evolution is playing quite the villain, in prospects of human existence in a far but sure future. Read all that researchers have found:
Original Source: Wired