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Timelapse footage of a decomposing rat (Rattus norvegicus). Carrion beetles (Silphidae) and other animals are feeding on the rat's tissues, exposing the teeth and bones of the skull. This is the fifth in a series of nine clips showing the decomposition of the rat over two weeks. For the full sequence, see clips K003 2675-2683.
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