The Biology of Zombies

With Halloween right around the corner, students are going to start picking their costumes. It's also a great time to show them the practical side of biology. Did you know that many of the creepy characters, like vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies likely all come from stories with a biological basis to them?

In this Untamed Science video, Rob explains how the Zombies we know from Hollywood horror films have a very real biological basis. It's all about the potions used by the witch doctors. In short, it all stems from the country of Haiti, where Zombies are ingrained in their cultural beliefs. Their mystery was finally unlocked by Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist in the early 1980's when he got his hands on a handful of "zombie potions".

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A new science video podcast that explains science topics in a fun and exciting way. Great for science teachers to download and show in the classroom. Most videos come with lesson plans or accompanying informational web pages. All hosts and filmmakers are also trained biologists.