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The folklore of man-eating plants

Villari, Joseph

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 38(2):49-53
Published 29 June 2009

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Stories and tales of man-eaters seep from every continent on earth. They instantly conjure up feelings of fascination, adventure, and terror. Too frequently these events are over-sensationalized and told with a journalistic (shall we say 'attention-grabbing') slant. The stories usually portray the accused man-eater as some horrible beast, and the men being eaten as innocent, helpless victims. This is mostly far from the truth; most occurrences of predation on people are caused or instigated by the people who are attacked. In fact most animals labeled with the unfortunate moniker of man-eater are quite innocent of that accusation. But, what if this accused man-eater is a plant!

Keywords: history: legends

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Villari, Joseph. 2009. The folklore of man-eating plants. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 38(2):49-53.

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