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  • Skeletons in the Closet: Flesh Eating Beetles Pick the Bones Clean

    Skeletons in the Closet: Flesh Eating Beetles Pick the Bones Clean

    By Jackson School of Geosciences
    Published: Oct. 29, 2012

    You may see a few skeletons walking about once a year on Halloween night, but a colony of voracious flesh eating beetles at the University of Texas at Austin are busy every night turning roadkill into one of the spookiest collections on campus.

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      Marc Airhart said on Nov. 2, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.
      Jamie, there are many variables that affect how fast the beetles work, including temperature, humidity and types of animals. Even on the same specimen, some body parts go fast, others go slow. The hawk that I followed in this video took 5 or 6 weeks. But sometimes the beetles can pick a specimen clean in just a week or two. Keeping the beetles happy is as much art as it is science.
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      Rozanne said on Nov. 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
      Wow that is really amazing and interesting, thanks for the video!