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Originally posted by wWizard
In order for a corpse to animate, it would absolutely need major organs. The muscles need oxygen in order to work. The heart pumps blood which carries oxygen-rich cells to the muscles and carries away waste produced by working muscles. this means the respiratory organs would also need to work. The liver would need to work. All major organs would be necessary, therefore a typical zombie would most likely not look all decomposed and stuff. It would probably look mostly healthy aside from some blood on his clothes.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by prisoneronashipoffools
Yes, you're right, it would be anaerobic activity, and they could function for a short while, but we're talking minutes, not weeks.
Lactic acid and waste by-product accumulate very fast during anaerobic periods. Calories are burned inefficiently and the glucose and creatine stores are exhausted quickly.
Even with an external electrical force to fire the muscles, the cells would still begin to die and deteriorate as soon as the normal life force were cut off. A real life "walking dead" would be possible for a few hours, and might be animated for a few days, but it wouldn't be very dangerous, it wouldn't be able to hold itself upright or balance or perform complicated maneuvers that require intense stabilizing forces and leverage on the bones.
edit on 28-5-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)