Sunday, August 02, 2015

Welcome to the Body Farm

Beyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world … and a hands-on lab for cops and forensic anthropologists.

The University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center is the oldest and most established of only four such facilities in the country. Known as "the Body Farm" its three wooded acres contain bodies stuffed inside cars, enshrouded in plastic, rotting in shallow graves. It’s here, using donated cadavers, that scientists have pioneered some of the most innovative techniques in forensic science, particularly practices that help investigators pinpoint time of death—that linchpin of criminal cases that so often determines whether a killer is charged or set free.

More: Mental Floss

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