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Zombies In Culture, Nature, And Beyond

Zombies In Culture, Nature, And Beyond

The lumbering zombies of "The Walking Dead" aren't a reality, though our fascination with them certainly is. Why are people so obsessed with the living dead? Find out, and explore examples of "zombies" that truly DO exist in nature.

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  1. Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis has researched the Haitian zombie phenomenon at length. 00:32

  2. One of the powders allegedly used to create Haitian zombies contains human remains, frogs, worms, toads, and pufferfish. 01:49

  3. "Zombification" could be used as a punishment for violating a community's laws. 02:31

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  1. Loxothylacus panopaei is a parasitic barnacle that finds its home inside a mud crab. 00:27

  2. After injecting itself into the mud crab, the female Loxothylacus panopaei forms a root system throughout the crab's body, castrating the male mud crabs they infect. 00:54

  3. Male crabs believe they are pregnant with their own babies and take care of the parasitic barnacle spawn until they are released. 01:42

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