A study in decomposition, c. 1870

Today we have body farms. Toward the end of the 19th century, we had pieces like "Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages," by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku. » 5/29/13 7:40am 5/29/13 7:40am

Vultures "skeletonize" a human corpse. For science.

You can learn a lot about an animal by watching it eat, but sometimes scientists are more interested in the creature being eaten — especially when that creature is a human. » 2/01/12 8:40am 2/01/12 8:40am