Title

Rates of Decomposition by Sarcophagidae and Dermestidae

Date

5-31-2018 8:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:00 AM

Location

WUC Summit Room

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology posters

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Abstract

Insects have been used for many years by taxidermists and forensic anthropologists alike to clean skeletal remains. We observed two different types of insects, Sarcophagidae flies and Dermestidae beetles, to determine which was more efficient at removing soft tissue from domestic pig heads. We created two experimental bins, each with a single pig head, and separated the insects in their respective bins. A control bin with no insects was used as a baseline for decomposition. We predict that the Sarcophagidae maggots will grow into adult flies and rapidly consume the majority of the pig head faster than the Dermestidae. Also, as temperature increases, so will the number of insects present, and thus the rate of decomposition.

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Rates of Decomposition by Sarcophagidae and Dermestidae

WUC Summit Room

Insects have been used for many years by taxidermists and forensic anthropologists alike to clean skeletal remains. We observed two different types of insects, Sarcophagidae flies and Dermestidae beetles, to determine which was more efficient at removing soft tissue from domestic pig heads. We created two experimental bins, each with a single pig head, and separated the insects in their respective bins. A control bin with no insects was used as a baseline for decomposition. We predict that the Sarcophagidae maggots will grow into adult flies and rapidly consume the majority of the pig head faster than the Dermestidae. Also, as temperature increases, so will the number of insects present, and thus the rate of decomposition.