Decomposition of a Pig

A time-lapse movie of a decomposing pig, taken by Dr. Jerry Payne in the 1960s as part of his graduate studies. It's four days compressed into six minutes. Not much happens at first, but around the 3 minute mark things get pretty interesting. There's a nasty little surprise at the end as well. (Note: the pig died of natural causes.)

The purple dots that appear around 2:40 are beads to show the movement of soil by insects.

You may not want to watch this while you're eating a meal.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 08, 2009
Category: Death, Science, Experiments





Comments
Apparently, none of those bugs were Jewish.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/08/09 at 07:29 AM
No one likes maggots at first, but eventually they grow on you.
Posted by Kenneth on 01/08/09 at 07:40 AM
Nope, not gonna watch this one!
Posted by AGFH on 01/08/09 at 08:12 AM
That's a lotta grubs.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/08/09 at 09:45 AM
And today you can watch such events almost nightly on your very own TV in your very own living room during almost any one of the many, many CSI based series.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/08/09 at 09:57 AM
For once, glad it's blocked.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 01/08/09 at 11:21 AM
"if you are squeamish, don’t prod the beach rubble." -Sappho
Posted by Brent in trepid on 01/08/09 at 11:56 AM
I'm surprised that all of that happens in 4 days.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/08/09 at 12:36 PM
Maxx, the good news is that once you're dead, no one has to ask, "What's eatin' you?"
Posted by Kenneth on 01/08/09 at 05:46 PM
actually bookwyrm, I think I would have preferred high-def. It was kind of hard to see what was going on, especially around the face when the skin started to be peeled back.

This video was so much fun to watch yesterday while I was eating some canadian bacon for breakfast that I needed a repeat today. Mmmmmmmm.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/09/09 at 07:28 AM
I say cremation too but only because I think burial is a huge waste of money.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/09/09 at 01:14 PM
That was cool! Only 4 days? I wonder what kind of environmental conditions the piggy was lying in?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/09/09 at 01:41 PM
patty, the version I remember goes
the worms crawl in,
the worms crawl out,
in your stomach and out your mouth,
in your nose and out your toes
and that's the way the story goes


That is pretty gruesome. I think that was from a movie.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/10/09 at 10:06 PM
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