Tuesday, 21 March 2017

North Michigan University is getting an HTF too!

Although it hasn't been featured in the media as much as Florida's new facility you may also be interested to know that North Michigan University is also soon to be one of the very few places in the world to have a Human Taphonomy Facility. As I mentioned in my last post, this shows that HTFs are becoming more and more accepted by the public and forensic science communities and hopefully the news of new facilities opening will soon become a regular occurrence all over the world.

The facility is to to be used as a part of the University's new Forensic Anthropology programme being developed for the Autumn of 2017. The primary aim for this HTF is to study the freeze and thaw cycle on human cadavers in the Michigan climate. The 2.5-acre site, which was acquired by the university for only one dollar, is located four miles from the university campus and will be mainly used by forensic science students at the university, but it is also intended for police forces, cadaver dog trainers, and other forensic teams to be invited to use the facility.

Three facilities studying human decomposition have now been announced this year and it's only March! A UK facility has to be next!

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