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dc.contributor.advisorHamilton, Michelle D.
dc.contributor.authorKlein, Aryn A. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-04T17:05:19Z
dc.date.available2013-06-04T17:05:19Z
dc.date.issued2013-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationKlein, A. A. (2013). Vulture scavenging of pig remains at varying grave depths (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4622
dc.description.abstractFrom November 2013 to January 2014, four pig carcasses were buried at varying shallow grave depths at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at Texas State University-San Marcos. A fifth pig served as a control on the surface. Modification of the graves and surface deposit was recorded through the use of five motion-sensing cameras and daily on-site observation. The research intended to examine how vultures respond to and modify shallow graves of varying depths. Questions that were to be answered included how and when vultures detect graves, disturb the area, remove, disarticulate and skeletonize remains, and finally abandon the different graves in comparison to a surface deposition. Vultures in this study did not locate or unearth the pig carcasses in the shallow burials and this may be explained by vulture seasonality and migration, feeding behavior regarding digging, and most importantly, the presence of human disturbance.
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dc.format.extent55 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectVulture
dc.subjectScavenging
dc.subjectPostmortem Interval
dc.subjectBurials
dc.subject.lcshVulturesen_US
dc.subject.lcshTurkey vultureen_US
dc.subject.lcshBirds--Fooden_US
dc.titleVulture Scavenging of Pig Remains at Varying Grave Depths
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSpradley, M. Katherine
dc.contributor.committeeMemberErhart, Elizabeth M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSimpson, Thomas R.
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropology
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
txstate.departmentAnthropology


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