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FRANCIS CHEE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS CHEE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Timelapse footage of a close-up of the head of a decomposing rat (Rattus norvegicus). The soft tissues of the head have been eaten by carrion beetles (Silphidae) and other animals, exposing the bones of the skull. Its teeth are seen in its jaws at centre. This is the eighth 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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