Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zombie Ants

"Zombie ants" are carpenter ants that are transformed into "zombies" by a parasitic fungus, existing as far back as 48 million years ago, scientists have discovered.

The fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, has the ability to control the minds of infected carpenter ants and lead them away from their colony to a leaf that is an ideal reproductive site for the fungus.

Man - if that doesn't sound like the beginning of a horror movie I don't know what does...

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