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40 decomposing bodies in field are supposed to be there

40 decomposing bodies in field are supposed to be there
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40 decomposing bodies in field are supposed to be there

It’s called the body ranch and you probably don’t want to be downwind.

In reality it's the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University near San Marcos, and it’s where students study how bodies decompose after death.

Danny Wescott is the head of forensic anthropology at Texas State. "They're laid out on their backs unclothed so we can document. Our students then come out every day and photograph the remains. They write notes about the insect activity and the stage of decomposition," he explained.

Yep, the bodies are subject to weather, bugs, animals, and any other condition that occurs with leaving a dead boy outside.

See video here.

KEYE-TV reports there are currently about 40 bodies assuming room temperature on the 26 acre facility with at least 90 more on the way.

Some of the people who have signed up to take their real “after life” dirt nap say they want to help science and the greater good.

Retired TSU professor Grady Early is one of those, he explains it this way to CBS 11 in Dallas.

“I’d rather be in a box in a lab being useful, than in a box in the ground, just taking up real estate.”

Westcott said some of the things learned so far are pretty gruesome.

"One of the first things a vulture will do is take the eyes out."

Once a body is gone the skeletons are also put to use.

They head to the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection to be added to the collection.

More here.

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