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A Big Dig For Pigs To Help Solve Crimes

Western Oregon University Students search for buried pig bones as part of a rare opportunity to get experience in the field.
(Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix)
Western Oregon University Students search for buried pig bones as part of a rare opportunity to get experience in the field. (Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix)

If you were driving along logging roads in the coastal mountains of Oregon this spring, you might have come across a strange sight: eight college students with shovels digging large, perfectly rectangular holes in the forest. Those are the next generation of forensic anthropologists, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to get their hands in the dirt.

Jes Burns from Here & Now contributor Oregon Public Broadcasting and EarthFix, a public media collaborative in the Northwest, has the story.

Read Jes Burns’ full article, Microbes (And Pigs) Could Provide Clues For Forensic Scientists.

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