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.

Key Facts In This Video

  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

Key Facts In This Video

  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

Written by Curiosity Staff April 14, 2016

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