Have you ever wondered what a pig would look like if you turned it into a centimeters thick living carpet of writhing underwater scavengers?
Wonder no more, thanks to the latest work from forensic scientists at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia
. In an effort to better understand how human corpses decompose in seawater, the research team placed a pig carcass -- the most accurate, though least flattering, analog for human decomposition -- in a cage in the nearby Salish Sea to see how it would fare. It took a colony of sea lice just 4 days to colonize the corpse inside and out, reducing it to a pile of bones