Thanks for taking the time to read my poster, if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment. I will be checking back periodically.
Would I be right thinking that this project is linked to the other on inter-rater reliability? I wonder why you chose to present the results separately if so?
With the small/large body size groups I would also be interested in knowing the age at death of the cadavers. Were the small pigs also young? I assume like humans there are physical and chemical differences between younger and older pigs?
Do you have plans to take the research further?
Yes, you are completely correct this project was indeed linked to the inter-reliability project. It was decided it would be best to present as two different posters so that it could be discussed in detail.
Both sets of pigs were young, the larger set were approximately double the size of the smaller cadavers. Larger pigs have a higher fat content which has been said to affect the rate of decomposition, as higher fat content is associated with certain decompositional changes such as the formation of adipocere.
During the study, it was noted that the current scoring systems for measuring decomposition were difficult to apply and although inter-rater reliability was present, other researchers discovered that the scoring of carvers from photographs varied from the same cadavers that were scored in the field. So my plan is too develop and review a new scale for measuring cadaver decomposition.
Came to ask the same question presented above on the specimens' age at death - thanks for the clarification.
Other than that, I found this a very interesting project and really enjoyed how you summarised it; the poster presents clear and concise information -the pictures and drawings are great! -, and the video is a brilliant complementary resource.
I’m glad my previous answer provided clarity. Thank you so much for the super positive feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my research