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10 Amazing Modern Societies You Won’t Believe Are Real

Are they real?

Any time you get more than a few people living together, you’ve got a society. For many of us, that may mean the familiar milieu of family units, local municipalities and national governments.But there are many ways to organize a group, as the following societies show. Because of circumstance, tradition or other factors, some of these groups have self-organized in ways that might seem alien to those in the mainstream — cannibalism, underground mansions and wild tree-house dwellings are just some of the more notable features of these societies. Others have formed strikingly familiar community arrangements in extraordinary circumstances.

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Eating Brains: Cannibal Tribe Evolved Resistance to Fatal Disease

The practice of cannibalism in one Papua New Guinea tribe lead to the spread of a fatal brain disease called kuru that caused a devastating epidemic in the group. But now, some members of the tribe carry a gene that appears to protect against kuru, as well as other so-called “prion diseases,” such as mad cow, a new study finds.

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