The Undersea Afterlives of Three Little Piggies

Science often answers questions that I never would have thought to ask. For example, what happens to a pig carcass when you leave it on the ocean bottom?

This isn't science trivia. While scientists know quite a bit about how bodies decompose on land, forensic researchers Gail Anderson and Lynne Bell point out at the start of their new PLoS One study, most of what we know about undersea carcasses comes from studies of whales, porpoises, and sharks. Very little is known about the waterlogged afterlives of mammals that are more like humans in size and anatomy.

To change that, Anderson looked to pigs - often used as proxies for ...

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