Tuberculosis in the Triassic

Very few infectious diseases leave their traces on your bones. This is a problem for palaeontologists because only bones tend to get fossilised, and soft tissues are vanishing rare in the geological record. Even when these are preserved they're extremely unlikely to reveal signs of any infection the animal might have suffered. Therefore very few... Continue Reading →

Mind Controlled Ants of the Messel Pit

A mind-controlling fungus might sound like something out of a horror movie but if you happen to be a carpenter ant it is a real and present danger. Found in the tropical rainforests of Thailand and Brazil, there is a species of fungi called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis which parasitizes the local ants, infecting them through their... Continue Reading →

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