Zombie physiology

Zombie attacks: The silent bite

Film zombies are portrayed as relentless hunters stalking and killing without end. But would zombies really be like wolves — pack hunting to bring down prey?

Perhaps, but if some ideals about zombie mobility and senses prove true, the creatures could be more akin to crocodiles in their hunting methods.

Consider this: A Romero-type zombie, with its slow speed and retarded motor skills, is not likely to be a pursuit predator.

Even a horde of these shambling undead would easily evaded by anyone who can run at a pace faster than a determined jog.

Instead, this kind of zombie would probably use techniques more suited to its abilities. Given their sup-

pressed physiology, a zombie could lay in wait, remaining essentially motionless and noiseless.

This would be especially true in a dark environment, where the creature might be difficult to detect even with infrared and heat sensing equipment.

Using its own senses of smell and hearing, the zombie could then strike from a position of surprise, delivering a fatal bite to a startled target.

This article appears in its entirety in Zombie Apocalypse Monthly Issue 3 and can be downloaded for free here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/421912.

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