It’s widely accepted that zombies possess gross motor skills, including the ability to lift their heads, rollover, sit up, balance on two legs, and walk. But ZRS Researcher Karen Hartley suggests that the undead likely have fine motor function as well.
Fine motor skills involve the use of very precise movement in order to complete delicate tasks. Examples of fine motor skills are transferring objects from hand to hand, and using hand-eye coordination to reach out and grasp objects. Hartley’s argument is based on the belief that zombies are able to grab their victims.
“Grasping, clutching, and maintaining a hold on an arm, leg or piece of clothing requires a number of fine and gross motor skills working together.”
Additionally, she argues that zombies with only gross motor skills would not be able maneuver over benign obstacles, like debris in the road, or even a street curb. A zombie unable to walk on anything but a flat, smooth surface is a zombie that represents almost no threat to any able-bodied human.
If Hartley’s theory is correct the implications could be profound, because zombies with fine motor skills might also have no problem opening doorknobs, picking up rocks, clubs and other weapons, and even climbing fences.
So which do you think it is? Are zombies gross and relatively safe, or are zombies fine and even more dangerous than we originally imagined?