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REALITY OF ZOMBIISM: Real or Fictional

Are zombies really exist? If yes then where are they or which ones are they? Let’s have a look about real life zombiism with 3 major example which will blow your mind…..

What is Zombie?

  • According to all, Zombie is such a species that have a dead brain but can move their body parts for any type of movements. This creature is also known as Reanimated Corpse (the undead), The Walking dead.
  • Nowadays we used the word Zombie often metaphorically to refer someone or something that represents apathetic, lazy, moves slowly, doesn’t have any feelings of their surroundings.
  • Most of all know Zombies as a fictional creature which is a flesh eater having a dead brain. Many sci-fi movies created based on Zombies (Such as World War Z, Train to Busan, I am Legend, Army of Dead, Zombie Apocalypse etc.)
  • But what will happen if there are Real Zombies in the nature? Is there are actual cases of real life zombiism in the Earth Surface? Read the full to figure it out.

Real Life Zombies:-

  • There is a curiosity among all of us to know does zombie or zombie like things really exist in the real life- if yes then how they become zombie? So, by some investigations and researches we get to know that zombie like things really exist in the Earth surface.
  • There are 3 major examples to share that portrayed us the zombiism in real.
    I.   Zombie Ant
    II.  Zombie Spiders
    III. The Reanimated Virus
  1. ZOMBIE ANT:-

Ophiocordyceps is a genus of fungi affect on target and takes control over the mind of insects. One of these species, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato, specifically infects, controls, and kills carpenter ants (Camponotus castaneus).

When Ophiocordyceps unilateralis infect carpenter ants, they turn them into zombies. The ants become compelled to climb to the top of elevated vegetation, where they remain affixed and die. The high elevation allows the fungus to grow and later spread its spores widely.

The fungus manipulates the nervous system of the ant and control over the neurotransmitter as like dopamine to make changes in behavior. Although this type of fungi infection could not understood fully and researchers keep research on fungi-insect zombie.

  1. ZOMBIE SPIDER:-

An unknown species of the Zatypota wasp can manipulate spiders from the Anelosimus eximiusspecies to an extent that researchers have never before witnessed in nature. Fernandez-Fournier (Zoologist) and team noticed that members of this species infected with Zatypota larva exhibited bizarre behavior, leaving their colony to weave tightly-spun, cocoon-like webs in remote locations. Researchers found that inside the artificial ‘Cocoon’ the Zatypota larvae gradually growing slowly.

The Zatypota wasps lay eggs on the abdomen of A.eximius spiders. When the Egg breaks and the wasp emerges its gradually takes control over the spider. When the larva takes full control over its host, it transform into zombie like creature that is compelled to stay away from its mates and then turns into adult wasp.

Wasps manipulating the behavior of spiders has been observed before, but not at a level as complex as this,” says Fernandez-Fournier.

This behavior modification is so hardcore. The wasp completely hijacks the spider’s behavior and brain and makes it do something it would never do, like leave its nest and spinning a completely different structure. That’s very dangerous for these tiny spiders.”

-Philippe Fernandez-Fournier

3. ZOMBIE VIRUS:-

When we think about human zombiism it is quite different from our race yet but when it comes to other organisms it is in our race. It is strange when we get to know that these organisms are none other than Viruses. In a research a newly ‘Reanimated’ virus found in Siberia permafrost which may cause a huge possible upcoming danger in humanity. According to the researchers these are giant viruses- which are about 30,000 years old. These viruses are DNA viruses which contain more than 500 genes in it.

Researchers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at Aix–Marseille Université in France named the virus as- Pithovirus Sibericum in 2014. These viruses called as Giant Viruses because though they are tiny, they are still visible in the microscope.  Containing a huge number of genes in it, these viruses are particularly dangerous, according to the researchers who discovered these viruses.

“Among known viruses, the giant viruses tend to be very tough, almost impossible to break open,” explain two of the virus’s discoverers, Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, in an interview for National Geographic.

The reanimated P. Sibericum virus only infected on Amoebas- archaic unicellular organisms- happily not on humans or other living beings. But Claverie and Abergel warn that there may be such similar types of giant viruses buried in the permafrost which may infect humans and other animals. These viruses are in inactive stage but global warming, human actions (which may effect in environment) may be regenerate the viruses and that will be a great threat to the health of living organisms.   

Aditya Kr Santra, Bachelor of Technology in Power Engineering 2020-24; Jadavpur University, Mail id- adisantra.11nov@gmail.com

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