The first so-called body farm was established at the University of Tennessee, and is officially known as the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility. Dr. William Bass opened this facility in 1971 when he recognized a need for in-depth research into the process of human decomposition after being repeatedly asked to assist in criminal investigations. This farm covers approximately 3 acres and holds about 40 bodies, and researchers can study the decomposition of human remains under a wide variety of circumstances, including those left unburied or even in the trunk of a car.
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