Interesting time-lapse film from the 1960s showing the decomposition of a piglet. The most interesting part to me was the gentle, almost-loving touch of the man hands as he set the piglet onto a bed of soil, adjusting the freshly killed creature's legs and head.
Dr. Jerry Payne's time lapse movie of the decomposition of a baby pig. The technique of time-lapse photography is employed to illustrate the rapid removal of carrion (4 days reduced to approximately 6 minutes). The film demonstrates the sequence of tissue destruction and the role of insects in the ultimate dismemberment of the pig carcass and soil movement. The pink and purple beads were added to show the intense activities of the insects in moving the carcass and soil. Succession is the idea that as each organism or group of organisms feeds on a body, it changes the body. This change in turn makes the body attractive to another group of organisms, which changes the body for the next group, and so on until the body has been reduced to a skeleton.Link (Thanks, Paul!) (Many more time-lapse videos from Boing Boing here)