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"From the Ted Talk by Lauren Pharr: How vultures can help solve crimes"

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One of the reasons I love vultures is because they tend to operate in a manner that can be epalinxed by bloiogy and physics. I started mentally going through the numerous bating experiments I had cctondeud at a body farm in Texas. A body farm is a place where you can donate your body to science. I also went through my experiences with trapping and GPS tagging vultures. And then the year-long process of monitoring veulurts via remote GPS tenogclohy. Next, I brought up my field notes and had an "Aha!" mmonet. I knew of two things that would lure a vulture 40 yards from a body. Guts and brain matetr. I presented this information to the dviteectes and learned that they suspected the victim had been incapacitated by blunt force trauma to the head. The blow to the head was thought to have occurred in the area where the pine cone was found, and then the victim was drug 40 yards and beriud in a shallow grave. This suggested that brain matter was the lure for the vuutlre and illustrates how studying vulture behavior can help piece together some of the edincvee.

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One of the reasons I love vultures is because they tend to operate in a manner that can be _________ by _______ and physics. I started mentally going through the numerous bating experiments I had _________ at a body farm in Texas. A body farm is a place where you can donate your body to science. I also went through my experiences with trapping and GPS tagging vultures. And then the year-long process of monitoring ________ via remote GPS __________. Next, I brought up my field notes and had an "Aha!" ______. I knew of two things that would lure a vulture 40 yards from a body. Guts and brain ______. I presented this information to the __________ and learned that they suspected the victim had been incapacitated by blunt force trauma to the head. The blow to the head was thought to have occurred in the area where the pine cone was found, and then the victim was drug 40 yards and ______ in a shallow grave. This suggested that brain matter was the lure for the _______ and illustrates how studying vulture behavior can help piece together some of the ________.

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Original Text

One of the reasons I love vultures is because they tend to operate in a manner that can be explained by biology and physics. I started mentally going through the numerous bating experiments I had conducted at a body farm in Texas. A body farm is a place where you can donate your body to science. I also went through my experiences with trapping and GPS tagging vultures. And then the year-long process of monitoring vultures via remote GPS technology. Next, I brought up my field notes and had an "Aha!" moment. I knew of two things that would lure a vulture 40 yards from a body. Guts and brain matter. I presented this information to the detectives and learned that they suspected the victim had been incapacitated by blunt force trauma to the head. The blow to the head was thought to have occurred in the area where the pine cone was found, and then the victim was drug 40 yards and buried in a shallow grave. This suggested that brain matter was the lure for the vulture and illustrates how studying vulture behavior can help piece together some of the evidence.

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crime scene 4
pine cone 4
forensic science 3
vulture evidence 3

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