Zombies do exist. Scientists in Thailand have discovered a type of fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, that infects ants, taking control of their brains. The fungus directs the ant to go where its death would be ideal for the fungus' ability to spread itself. In the meantime, the infection converts the ant's internal tissues into sugars that help the fungus grow.

I also preserves the ant's exoskeleton, in fact reinforcing and sealing it to keep out microbes and other fungi.

All the while, the ant travels long distances, at the direction of the fungus within it.

Zombies exist. They may be insect zombies, but they are zombies nonetheless.

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Comment by Jon Compton on August 30, 2010 at 11:43am
Comment by Jon Compton on August 27, 2010 at 8:05pm
A recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine had an interesting article on zombies and IR theory. Good stuff.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on August 20, 2010 at 9:11am
I don't know about range, but here's another story, with a picture of a dead zombie ant, consumed by the zombie fungus:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/aug/18/zombie-carpenter-ant-...
Comment by Stephen G on August 20, 2010 at 7:57am
Creepy..any indication on how far the ants will travel in this way? A fungus as a sentinent being...hmm, remind me to spray the mould in the shower....

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