Body farms is a term that researchers find to be sensational but has stuck in the field of forensics
following the 1994 publication by Patricia Cornwell in her forensic novel “The Body Farm.”
Today, body farms are working tirelessly and in handy with the police with the aim of coming up
with evidence to bring offenders to justice. Interestingly, in this case, study the most appropriate
hypothetical experiment to undertake in a farm body is primarily taphonomy which is basically a
paleontological science that explores on what happens to a body right after death. According to
Williams, (2015, web), human decomposition or rather a taphonomy is a complicated process
which is extensively affected by changes in the surrounding environment as well conditions.
Concerning a piece by Lavenda in his book, (pg. 180), Lavenda and his colleagues give a story
where a body was found dead and the forensic team at that time couldn’t crack the case which
remained unsolved for quite some time. If the field of taphonomy was widely explored at this
time, then experts in this field could have helped the police to what happened to the individual
after death among other factual information. McRoberts reckons that the field of taphonomy
ranges from post-mortem to decomposition, compaction among other biological, chemical and
physical activities that affect the remains of an organism (web).
Today advanced taphonomy has taken another dimension where there are three different stages
that taphonomy (Gastaldo, web). The three states namely; necrology which represents factors
that revolve about the time of death or rather affiliated directly with the basis of the death. It also
involves studies that examine bones, skull fractures among other clues that surround or cause
death. Biostratinomy on the other hand identifies the changes that occur right after death that is
decomposition as well changes that act as environmental influencers that is in burial sites such as
cemeteries, mass graves or even tombs or even places where remnants were found such as rivers.
Lastly, we have diagenesis which is the process of lithification in other words compaction of the