Skeletons, skulls and flesh-eating beetles
Dermestes maculatus, a species of flesh-eating beetles dine on the dead and help scientists preserve skeletal remains. At least, most of time, says Peter Coffey, an agriculture educator at the University of Maryland and UMD Alum (MS, 18’, Hooks Lab). He tells Mental Floss “there has to be a perfect storm of good environmental conditions and poor food availability before they’ll resort to bone, which would explain why it’s not more commonly observed.”
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