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Where Dead Men Really Do Tell Tales

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 855-857
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.855

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KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE-- Here at the "Body Farm," a research plot where human corpses are studied as they decompose, the corpses are teaching scientists much about how to reconstruct the manner and circumstances of unexplained deaths. In fact, new techniques developed at the site, officially known as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's, Anthropological Research Facility, are already beginning to land criminals behind bars.