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#42 - meinkompf (02/01/2014) [-]
Contrary to popular belief reflected in other comments, the skull is one of the most scavenged areas of bone due to it being easier to detach from the body. You would think long bones (arms/legs) would be easier to drag, but as decomposition proceeds there are still multiple ligaments and cartilage that were designed to keep the joints and such together that must break down as well. As the bones decrease in size you get less scavenging; there is a good bit of scavenging in the torso and long bones after the skull, but once you get down to the feet, scavengers don't as commonly choose those because there isn't much meat/bone left from which to gain nutrients.
User avatar #44 to #42 - alexthebest (02/01/2014) [-]
I never thought about bone size. Interesting. Could it also be related to the fact that the face has lots of openings (eyes, mouth, nose, ears) for flies/bacteria to break down that make it softer and easier for larger creatures to get into as well?
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