Halloween Science: Vampires

I WANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD

On this episode of our Spooky Science series, bear your fangs and hide from the sunlight as we stare deep into the origins, the strange encounters, and the possible explanations for those undead bloodsuckers in: The Science of Vampires.

(Make sure you watch the video below for more information!)

Vampire looking from around a stone-bricked corner

While the idea of an undead creature who feasts on the life force of the living can be traced back into early folklore and mythology, the term 'vampire' has only been around since the 18th century.

In fact, some of the most recognizable traits associated with vampires - their fangs and transforming into a bat - are even more recent thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Illustration of a vampire transforming into a bat

It is common to wish that a loved one who has passed would return from the grave, and this might have led to some of the earliest depictions of what we now consider to be vampires. But some stories, like of serial killer and supposed master vampire Auguste Delagrange, still to this day are left unexplained.

So what can science say about the truth behind these monsters? Well it was actually the lack of scientific knowledge about the way a human body decomposes that might have led to the vampire hunters a few hundred years ago.

Vampire with blood dripping down the corners of his mouth

In the video below learn about where vampires might have originated, the best ways to stop them, and what modern science and neurology says about what they could actually be. But keep an open mind because Dracula might not just be a story of pure fiction.

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