Nature is Metal

Look: 50-million-year-old fossil captures a parasitic phenomenon

Trapped in amber is a gruesome end that still happens to some insects today.

Head Like an Orange via Giphy

George Poinar Jr., OSU

Here’s a gnarly way to die: infected by a parasite that sprouts a mushroom from your rectum.

George Poinar Jr., OSU

That’s what happened to this fossilized carpenter ant, which was described in a paper recently published in the journal Fungal Biology.