A body farm is a research facility where human decomposition can be studied in a variety of settings. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the decomposition process, permitting the development of techniques for extracting information (such as the timing and circumstances of death) from human remains. Body farm research is particularly important within forensic anthropology and related disciplines, and has applications in the fields of law enforcement and forensic science. Five such facilities exist in the United States, with the research facility operated by Texas State University at Freeman Ranch being the largest at seven acres.
... The Anthropological Research Facility, the first body farm created, was founded by Bass to generate information about what a corpse experiences when exposed to various experimental conditions ... On this farm, human corpses yield to the elements of nature in many re-enacted scenes such as a car accident unseen for days, or a murder victim buried in a shallow grave ... no advances had been made in the study of long-term body decomposition since the days of Song Ci's in 13th century China ...
... The concept of a body farm in general as well as the existing institutions in particular have been used in several crime-related works of popular culture ... Notable examples include Patricia Cornwell's novel The Body Farm is based on the University of Tennessee facility, but not on actual events surrounding it ... a number of fictional murder mystery novels based on the body farm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville under the pseudonym Jefferson Bass ...
... As Body Farm research continues to evolve, Bass and his research staff continue to identify new methods to calculate the postmortem interval, body identification, and ... Therefore, this has been the main focus of the Body Farm since it was opened ... The Body Farm's success over the past 36 years is directly responsible for a vast amount of the overwhelming progress in narrowing that range ...
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