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8 of the creepiest trees on Earth

July 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Gnarled roots of a tree

Photo: delgaudm/Flickr

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Anthropomorphic tree

Anthropomorphism is the recognition of people-like characteristics in animals, plants or non-living things. This tree can be found in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. During the time of slavery in the South, slave ships were often unable to make it through the Outer Banks because of the treacherous landscapes. The skeletal branches are a reminder of those lost along the way.