Department of Anthropology News

Science Magazine: Researchers isolate the ‘human smell of death’


Science magazine recently featured UT’s Anthropology Research Facility commonly known as the “Body Farm,” and Arpad Vass, a research scientist with UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, in this story about the singular chemical cocktail decomposing humans release, which scientists might be able to use to better train cadaver dogs and develop machines that could do the same job.

In the News: Anthropology Research Facility’s Outdoor Recovery Course

Twenty-four law enforcement personnel from thirteen agencies across the United States are taking part in a five-day outdoor recovery course this week at the Anthropology Research Facility. They are recovering human remains and learning how to obtain evidence from decomposed and buried bodies. The training will better prepare them for the range and variation of homicide scenes

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Local Memphis: Local Attorney Wants To Reopen 75-Year-Old Cold Case

Local Memphis this week highlighted the story of a retired West Tennessee attorney who has been investigating the cold case of the first NAACP member killed in the United States fighting for civil rights. Jim Emison turned to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm, last year for help in finding Elbert Williams’ body. The

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