Shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2019 Meet the bacteria, viruses, and other germs and microbe...
A person carries about 2 kg (4.4lb) of bacteria in and on their body.
When the spores of certain fungus, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, land on an ant, they spread through the ant’s body. Before long the fungus will completely take over the ant’s mind and behaviour!
There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
Half of all people have demodex living in their eyelashes, a type of animal called a mite that is about 0.4mm (0.02 in) long. Demodex have eight legs and walk around on our eyelids at night!
About five million trillion trillion bacteria are alive on Earth, which together weigh more than all the plants and animals combined!