Body Farm Founder to Speak at McClung Museum on Sunday

Bill BassBill Bass, forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm, will talk about his book, "The Devil’s Bones and Other Stories," at 2 p.m., Sunday Feb. 17, at McClung Museum. His book is the highlight of the "Forensic Anthropology" exhibit which opened on Jan. 19 and runs through May 7 at the museum.

After his lecture, Bass will be available to sign "The Devil’s Bones" and other books he’s co-written with Jon Jefferson under the alias Jefferson Bass. Bass is a professor emeritus but stays busy as a consultant and lecturer.

"The Devil’s Bones" is the third in the Body Farm Novels series featuring the main character Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist.

The exhibit at McClung Museum showcases the science of forensic anthropology, which is the study of human skeletal remains to help law enforcement identify the bones. The exhibit features bones, plastic replicas and some real specimens from UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, which includes the Anthropology Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm, where human decomposition is studied.

The exhibit shows how scientists identify bones and sometimes determine the cause of death. Some images may not be suitable for young children.

McClung Museum is located in Circle Park on campus. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit McClung Museum’s Web site.