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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from Today I Found Out

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis has researched the Haitian zombie phenomenon at length. (0:32)

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    One of the powders allegedly used to create Haitian zombies contains human remains, frogs, worms, toads, and pufferfish. (1:49)

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    "Zombification" could be used as a punishment for violating a community's laws. (2:31)

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from It's Okay To Be Smart

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from Animal Wire

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Loxothylacus panopaei is a parasitic barnacle that finds its home inside a mud crab. (0:27)

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    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. (0:54)

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    Male crabs believe they are pregnant with their own babies and take care of the parasitic barnacle spawn until they are released. (1:42)

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