Reader Post | Wonder Woman
Early evolutionary man had scarcely learned to make fire and create rudimentary tools to vanquish the large, unwieldy saurians that roamed the land when they cleverly began to make use of fandors, enormous passenger birds able to carry one or two average-sized men for a nonstop flight of over five hundred miles.
The gigantic fandors were highly intelligent, very obedient, and unbelievably affectionate toward their human counterparts. These birds, which were of such great service to our early ancestors, went extinct 30,000 years ago.
The fandor is but one example of a vast variety of creatures that made only a temporary appearance on the evolutionary timeline of this planet, an eventual victim of non-adaptation. Adaptation is the key to the survival of any species of living thing on this or any other world.
The Type I Vril creatures adapted a number of unique survival characteristics over the thousands of millennia they have existed on the earth – or we should say, IN the earth. Vril’s eyes are highly sensitive to sunlight (possibly their greatest weakness), forcing them to dwell deep within the folds of the earth where the oxygen-methane mix is more suitable for their breathing.
Deep underground, the Vril have few predators other than themselves – they quickly become cannibalistic when there is a shortage of other food sustenance. But here again evolution has been favorable to the Vril, who are asexual, or hermaphrodites, organisms with both male and female reproductive organs and can perform both the male and female parts of reproduction. Vril are prolific breeders, laying a clutch of three eggs every few months in underground tunnels and cavern systems all around the world.
Vril navigate the darkness using sophisticated built-in sonar consisting of clicks and gurgling sounds. They are also highly communicative, having learned to understand and speak many different human languages. They are strong, agile, and fast, hunting in packs that can easily incapacitate the largest of animals. The mythical chupacabra is, in fact, the work of late night Vril scavenging.
But easily the most distinctive biological ability the Vril possesses is the capacity to parasitically invade a human body and take over its functioning consciousness. This genetic drive to invade, dominate, and take over the mind of a higher functioning entity is rare among the evolving species of this planet, but certainly not unique. Here are a few more examples taken from a 2018 National Geographic report, entitled “Zombie” Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts:
“ZOMBIES MAY STILL be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.
These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in self-destructive ways that ultimately benefit the parasite. (Read “Mindsuckers” in National Geographic magazine.)
“Some parasites can alter the behavior of their host in ways that give the parasite a better home, or provide more nutrients, or cause the host to move to a different environment,” said Janice Moore, a biologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
This strategy seems to work, she added: “A parasite that can alter the behavior of its host, and in doing so improve its own transmission, is going to be favored by natural selection,” she said. (See “World War Z: Could a Zombie Virus Happen?“)
When the female jewel wasp is ready to procreate, she finds a cockroach to serve as a living nursery for her young.
The jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) hunts cockroaches and takes over their decision-making processes.
First she injects a toxin into the roach that paralyzes its front legs. Then the wasp strikes again in the roach’s head. Frederic Libersat of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and colleagues discovered that the venom targets a specific area of the brain responsible for initiating movement.
Stripped of its ability to move of its own free will, the cockroach can be grabbed by the antenna and guided to a burrow, where the wasp will lay her egg on the victim and entomb them together.
The wasp larva slowly consumes the cockroach for several days before pupating in its abdomen, emerging as an adult about a month later.
Mind-Controlling Slime Balls
As an adult, the lancet liver fluke—a type of flatworm—resides in the livers of grazing mammals such as cows.
Its eggs are excreted in the host’s feces, which are then eaten by snails. After the eggs hatch inside the snail, the snail creates protective cysts around the parasites and coughs them up in balls of mucus.
These fluke-laden slime balls are then consumed by ants. When the flukes wiggle their way into an ant’s brain, they cause the insect to climb to the tip of a blade of grass and sit motionless, where it’s most likely to be eaten by a grazing mammal. That way, the liver fluke can complete its life cycle.
Fishy Dance of Death
The fluke Euhaplorchis californiensis begins its life in an ocean-dwelling horn snail, where it produces larvae that then seek their next host, a killifish.
Once it finds a fish, the parasite latches on to its gills and makes its way to the brain. But this isn’t its final stop.
The fluke needs to get inside the gut of a water bird in order to reproduce. So inside the killifish’s brain, the fluke releases chemicals that cause the fish to shimmy, jerk, and jump.
Jenny Shaw, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and colleagues found that the parasite decreases serotonin and increases dopamine levels in the fish’s brain. The switch in this brain chemistry stimulates the fish to swim and behave more aggressively.
These moves attract the attention of birds, which may eat the fish—and the flukes. The flukes mate, and their eggs are released back into the water in the bird’s droppings to be eaten by horn snails and start the cycle anew.
A horsehair worm (Paragordius varius) infects a house cricket and then causes it to commit suicide by jumping into a body of water. The worm emerges to make its home in the water.
Hairworms have a perpetual challenge: They infect landlubbing insects like crickets, but the parasites must make their way to an aquatic habitat in order to reproduce.
Researchers at France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique figured out how they accomplish this feat. Hairworms produce mind-controlling chemicals that cause their cricket host to move toward light. Because water bodies reflect moonlight, this often sends crickets toward lakes and streams.
The crickets jump in and drown, and the hairworms emerge, ready to find their next victim.”
This last example, the “suicidal crickets,” most similarly resembles the Vril’s mind-controlling technique; the Vril injects a wormlike parasite into the human’s eye, which then releases mind-controlling chemicals that cause their human host’s consciousness to effectively die, allowing the Vril consciousness to take over. By accessing their human host’s memories, they can look, act and seem as if to be the human in every way, the brain is now under the complete control of the Vril parasite. And this is all a bit alarming…
Combining exceptional survival adaptation skills with a passionate drive to become ‘as humans are’ begs the question, why not ancient creatures that can parasite your consciousness?