(Received 8 May 1992; accepted 10 December 1992)
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The decomposition of two pig carcasses in close proximity to each other, one exposed and the other shaded, in a continuous woodland were observed and different rates of decay were recorded. The exposed pig decomposed much faster than the shaded pig, reaching a stable minimal weight two weeks before the shaded carcass. Bloat size, body weight, occurrence of blow fly larvae, and ambient air temperatures are compared. Maggot development appeared to be a major factor in the overall rate of decomposition and was affected primarily by different temperature patterns at the two sites.
Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Professor, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
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