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Ants

… our new ant-controlling fungus overlords!

by on Mar.25, 2011, under Ants, Fungus, Insects

Let’s get one thing straight: Ants are probably the most impressive creature on the planet and probably deserve to be the dominant species on earth.  Through some sort of divine luck or extra terrestrial intervention we humans have somehow taken the mantle from them, but it can’t possibly last forever.  Just consider the facts, they’re strong, incredible engineers, work very well as a team, are selfless, some are venomous,  and can be found in most climates.  The only thing they can’t seem to do is fly.  Oh wait, some of them developed that talent as well!

As if the prospect of the inevitable ant attack isn’t enough to keep us awake at night, scientists have discovered at least 4 types of fungi that take over ant brains and turn them into zombies.  Just making them wander around a bunch until they come across the perfect place to die and leave their corpse for the fungus to grow.  Yep, that’s right, not only do these fungi take over the brains and eventually kill the ant, it keeps it alive just long enough to walk to a comfortable location!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110303-zombie-ants-fungus-new-species-fungi-bugs-science-brazil/

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