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Thursday, May 23, 2013

By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.

Real Life Zombie Apocalypse?
How It Could Happen
By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher

If you’re thinking the zombie apocalypse is simply the stuff of fiction horror movies and doesn’t need to be taken seriously, think again. The United States government Center For Disease Control has a web page dedicated to telling citizens how to survive it, and more interesting yet, history suggests it’s happened before. (Link: CDC Zombies Info )

Archaeologists in Europe and the Middle East have recently unearthed evidence of a stone age culture of humans in which violently smashing the skulls of corpses was an accepted practice. And possibly considered a necessary one for some reason. A reason that isn’t yet clear, but it’s believed they felt they had some cause to believe the dead posed some kind of threat to the living. For some reason, they believed it was necessary to smash the skulls of the corpses, separate them from the body, and bury them somewhere else apart from the body. And based on other scientific studies of similar practices in ancient cultures, this was often to stop the dead from becoming some kind of danger.

Curiously the skulls were the skulls of males 18-30 of which the bodies had already begun to decompose. They had been smashed in a rather unceremonious fashion, like with a rock or something similar, and unglamorously removed from the spines. It was said that no trace of any "delicate cutting" was found on the bodies. This wasn’t neatly done. It’s almost like they were indifferent to these dead individuals. But the question is why.

Surely a scientific explanation will come in time. But for now, it raises a lot of questions of whether or not the ancients experienced some kind of unique "problem" with their dead.

And what about today? Why should we even entertain the idea of such a thing now?

I could go into a whole long scientific explanation, but the movie I Am Legend with Will Smith back in 2007 said it best.

In this sure-to-be future cult classic, Smith plays a scientist who just happens to be the last man on earth, struggling to survive on his own in post-apocalyptic New York City. The rest of the human race left has been infected by a horrible "vampiric" virus. An ultimately fatal superbug that leaves no trace of it original human to be recognized. A disease that, to me, is reminiscent of a mutated strain of rabies. Like rabies on steroids.

Smith’s character, Robert Neville, lives and searches for food, supplies, and a cure for this disease by day, but by night must hunker down in his own home on super lockdown as these voracious killer beings wander the streets of the city. A large population of a kind of walking dead of sorts.

Yes, it’s just a movie. But modern medicine suggests the implications are conceivable in exactly the right conditions. Something like this could conceivably happen.

So maybe the government has it right (this time). And maybe we should pay closer attention and not laugh it off. ******DF

I Am Legend

[Source: MNN ]
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