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Arthropod Succession and Decomposition of Buried Pigs


THE decomposition of animals after death is of limited aesthetic appeal but very important. Several recent papers1–5 have described aspects of the ecology of carrion on the soil surface or other exposed locations. With the exception of a few medico-legal papers6–8 that discuss arthropods of tombs and graves, little or nothing is known concerning the processes of decomposition of animal bodies beneath the soil.

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PAYNE, J., KING, E. & BEINHART, G. Arthropod Succession and Decomposition of Buried Pigs. Nature 219, 1180–1181 (1968).

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