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‘Forensics’

The Body Farm: Forensic Investigative Studies in Real Time

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Just north of Tampa, there is a five-acre field that is locked up tight behind a sturdy chain link fence. It looks just like any green field, but inside are real-time science experiments that could help medical examiners all across the state of Florida. A Field of Cadavers Inside this field are bodies that are busy doing a very simple thing: they are decaying. Their rate of decay and the way they interact with the ground around them is being carefully recorded. That might sound just a little bit cold-blooded, but the reality is that these bodies are doing a great service. They could very well help solve mysteries or even cold cases that have been hanging around for years. Donations to Science The bodies come from the University of South Florida, where they have been donated. They provide a vital investigative and training link by allowing students and authorities to observe exactly what might happen to a body in Florida’s hot, humid climate. By examining the rate of decay and how the bodies behave in this environment, it might be possible to answer questions… Read More