The Herald Democrat
By Associated Press
March 08, 2012
Texas State University research on decomposition reveals flawed assumptions.
SAN MARCOS – For more than five weeks, a woman’s body lay undisturbed in a secluded Texas field. Then a frenzied flock of vultures descended on the corpse and reduced it to a skeleton within hours.
But this was not a crime scene lost to nature. It was an important scientific experiment into the way human bodies decompose, and the findings are upending assumptions about decay that have been the basis of homicide cases for decades.
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