Nerdcore per Mail

RSS Feed About Archive NC-Sources Impressum Datenschutz

48 Millionen Jahre alter Parasitenpilz eating Zombie-Ants found near my Hometown. No, really!

Gepostet vor 5 Jahren, 10 Monaten in Science Und so. Animals Ants Insects Mushrooms

Seit gestern stürmt eine Meldung das Netz: Justin Bieber Song slowed down 800% In Messel bei Darmstadt (wo ich geboren wurde) hat man 48 Millionen Jahre alte Spuren eines Parasitenpilzes gefunden, der sich von Zombie-Ameisen ernährt. Now I finally, after 48 Million years, know why I am, like I am.

The oldest evidence of a fungus that turns ants into zombies and makes them stagger to their death has been uncovered by scientists.

The gruesome hallmark of the fungus's handiwork was found on the leaves of plants that grew in Messel, near Darmstadt in Germany, 48m years ago.

The finding shows that parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control the creatures they infect in the distant past, even before the rise of the Himalayas.

The fungus, which is alive and well in forests today, latches on to carpenter ants as they cross the forest floor before returning to their nests high in the canopy.

The fungus grows inside the ants and releases chemicals that affect their behaviour. Some ants leave the colony and wander off to find fresh leaves on their own, while others fall from their tree-top havens on to leaves nearer the ground.

The final stage of the parasitic death sentence is the most macabre. In their last hours, infected ants move towards the underside of the leaf they are on and lock their mandibles in a "death grip" around the central vein, immobilising themselves and locking the fungus in position.

'Zombie ants' controlled by parasitic fungus for 48m years (danke Neuromancer, Paul)

Mehr zum Thema:
Pilz macht Ameise zu Zombie: Von Harvard-Forscher entdecktes Phänomen hat lange Vorgeschichte: Bizarre Parasitenpraxis existiert seit 48 Millionen Jahren
Discover Magazine: Parasite-Infested Zombie Ants Walked the Earth 48 Million Years Ago, Now bring me a T. rex tapeworm!
Invasion of the Zombie Animals

Hier noch ein älteres Video der BBC zum Thema. Unbedingt ansehen: Parasite-Fungi eating Zombie-Ants… timelapsed!

More: Animals Ants Insects Mushrooms

porn

URL, the Porn Dog.

In Utah haben sie einen Polizeihund auf Speichermedien trainiert. Der Hund hört auf den Namen „URL“ und sie nennen ihn „Porn Dog“. The 16-month-old black…

13443243_1018036878288212_8181203878815242963_o

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Cake

Let them eat cake. Von Katherine Dey. (via Laughing Squid)

circlesnake

Stimmy the Snake goes in Circles inside its own old Skin

Im Alice Springs Reptile Centre häutete sich eine Python namens Stimmy und dabei hat sie es irgendwie hinbekommen, dass der gehäutete Schwanz der Schlange im…

gyljgpmnnnvgggibmprh

Bits'n'Pieces 12.6.2016: Italienische Zeitung verteilt Mein Kampf, Green Screen the Queen, Spanische Linke druckt Programm als Ikea-Katalog

Politics A Rightwing Italian Newspaper is Handing out Copies of 'Mein Kampf' to its Readers: „The rightwing Italian newspaper Il Giornale, property of disgraced former…

kangaroo

Fuck It the Kangaroo fucks Apples the Pig on Dicks Farm while Duck watches

And now, for some good old interspecies boomshakalaka with tiny duck-lookylooky: A KANGAROO and a pig have struck up an intense romantic relationship in the…

13418508_10153702008273157_3465375428888619509_o

Orange Curry Seagull

Lucy Kells: „A seagull ended up colored a bright shade of orange after falling into a container of chicken tikka masala while scavenging meat near…

_89865737_lonnstedt4hr

Young Fish eat Plastic like Teens eat Fast-Food

Well done, humans: Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say. Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the…

synthdog

SynDog: Synthetische Hunde-Leiche für Medizin-Studenten

SynDaver bauen künstliche Leichen für Medizin-Studenten und nun erweitern sie ihr Programm auf Asta Sheila Orca Hunde, damit die Veterinär-Schulen nicht mehr auf Hunde aus…

woody

Woodpecker Metal 🤘🐥🤘

🤘🐥🤘 Ein Specht kann bis zu 20 Schläge pro Sekunde ausführen, jeder Schlag ist […] vergleichbar mit einem Aufprall des Schnabels mit 25 km/h gegen…

sheep

Stoned Sheep on psychotic Rampage

Bekiffte Schafe haben ein Kaff in Wales auseinandergenommen: Sheep go on 'psychotic rampage' through Welsh village after eating cannabis plants. (via Räuber und Pistolen)

bees

Swarm of Bees follows Car for 2 Days

Yo Bees, whazzup? Swarm of bees follow grandmother's car for over 24 hours attempting to rescue their queen. Carol Howarth, 65, was amazed when a…