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The Vault Dweller

Cicada have a species of Cordyceps that's symbiotic within them.

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Just now trying to catch up with old posts.

This lead post here is absolutely one of the most interesting things I've read in recent memory. The implications are far-reaching. Do symbiotic relationships evolve as such? Or are they the result of one organism exploiting another, but then the two organisms eventually find "common existential ground"? 

A classic example of how new answers create new questions. 

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I think it’s often one thing preying on another and then coming to “realize” that they can use this other organism to their own advantage. This is the origin of how eukaryotic organisms acquired mitochondria and chlorophyll. They were consumed but gave the host energy so they didn’t kill them. 

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