Thursday, November 5, 2009

PLN 20

In the article "The Remains of Doctor Bass" by Alan Bellows talks about a Body Farm near the University of Tennessee so the forensic science students could learn more about forensics and decomposition of the human body. People who donated their bodies to science sometimes go the Body Farm and the students throw the bodies into the woods and periodically check on them to see how they are decomposing and record it and check the body for insects and other items of disgusting-ness. Their first test was a pig that was roaming around on the land before they had any bodies to watch. They shot the pig and within the first hour of it dying a boss fly had laid its larva into the pig because it was dead and was now food. After a couple of weeks the pig was a stiff and there were wasps, flies and maggots all inside and outside of the pig. I won’t go into details about how the pig decomposed but it was really nasty. If you would like to read the article you can at

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