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The 'Urban Death Project' Wants to Turn You Into Soil

It's called 'recomposition'

(Newser) - While the "Urban Death Project" may sound like the title of Hollywood's latest horror film, it's something else entirely—though perhaps not less macabre. It's a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has a novel idea when it comes to making burials greener: composting human remains. It calls... More »

Could 9/11 'Architect' Die Before Trial?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is at Gitmo, awaiting his 25th pretrial hearing

(Newser) - People around the US on Monday paused to remember the victims of 9/11 on the 16th anniversary of the attacks. In Shanksville, Pa., for instance, Vice President Mike Pence gave a particularly personal tribute to those aboard Flight 93. Here's a sampling of some of the related coverage on... More »

This Man Died 4.5K Years Ago

Scientists use 3D scanning to piece together features of a skull thousands of years old

(Newser) - We're getting a look at the face of a man who lived 4,500 years ago, thanks to a visual reconstruction by scientists, reports Live Science . Forensic specialists at Liverpool John Moores University, known as Face Lab, were commissioned by the Buxton Museum to digitally re-create the face of... More »

Life After Death? Maybe as a Tree

Barcelona brothers say Bio Urns solve a host of burial problems

(Newser) - Whether you want to be buried or cremated, critics see two major problems with our modern burial process: We're running out of space for our billions of remains, and we're polluting the planet in the process. Inhabitat , for instance, calls modern burial downright "toxic." But a... More »

Soccer Legend's Body Goes Missing in Brazil

'My father did not deserve this,' says Garrincha's daughter

(Newser) - What happened to Garrincha's body? That's what Brazilians are asking after the soccer great's remains went missing. The one-named, two-time World Cup champ's family revealed the odd disappearance on Tuesday, telling O Globo via the BBC that Garrincha's body may have been lost during an... More »

Tenant Heard Tale of Missing Woman, Started to Dig

Skull he found may belong to Peggy Sue Case, Utah woman missing since 1988

(Newser) - The last time Peggy Sue Case was seen alive, at a party, Ronald Reagan was president. Her co-workers filed a missing-person report shortly after that July 1988 gathering, but no matter how much digging police did—both in their probe and literally, in the cellar of the 28-year-old's Utah... More »

Workers Found Hidden Stairs, Then a Crown and Coffins

Remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury found by mistake in former medieval church

(Newser) - The Telegraph calls it the "perfect Easter story," except with ex-archbishops of Canterbury instead of Jesus, and a rather full tomb replacing Jesus' empty one. Workers renovating the Garden Museum (once a medieval-era church) next door to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth Palace stumbled across a vault... More »

Remains Found in Missouri ID'd as Missing 21-Year-Old

Police are trying to identify 2nd skull found at scene

(Newser) - Police in Missouri have had to give the parents of Jessica Runions the news they dreaded: One of two skulls found outside Kansas City this week is that of their 21-year-old daughter, who disappeared in September. Police say the case is now a homicide investigation, People reports. Authorities say that... More »

Family Sues Mortuary After Body Left in Garage 2 Years

Remains of 3 others were also found

(Newser) - After 50-year-old Brigitte Godfrey died of an asthma attack in March of 2013, her family contacted Living Waters Funeral Home near Chicago to cremate the body, reports Courthouse News Service . That never happened: Two years later, Godfrey's corpse was found with three other bodies and a bag of organs... More »

Newborn's Remains Go Missing From Hospital

Nearby landfill in Cincinnati being searched

(Newser) - Two weeks after a baby boy died shortly after birth at a Cincinnati hospital, crews were combing through the hospital's medical waste and laundry at a nearby landfill in hopes of locating the newborn's remains to return to his grieving parents, WKRC reports. And explanations from the University... More »

Workers at Westminster Make Medieval Find Under Pipes

Remains of at least 50 people in abbey thought to be from 11th, 12th centuries

(Newser) - Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that archaeologists believe date back to the 11th and 12th... More »

We Still Have No Idea Who 30 Katrina Victims Are

Money allocated by FEMA to help identify bodies has dried up

(Newser) - Cleaning up after a massive hurricane is a difficult affair, but a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and claimed what Live Science reports is an estimated 1,833 lives, 30 bodies have yet to be identified. WWL-TV arrived at that number after making a public records request to... More »

Family Furious to Find Loved One's Remains at Crash Site

There was supposedly nothing left of Jared McPherson, but family found body parts

(Newser) - It's devastating enough to lose a loved one in a car crash. But the family of Jared McPherson didn't expect to have their trauma compounded when they went to pay their respects at the crash site. "I looked down and [his fiancee] was holding part of a... More »

Evidence in Ancient Mystery: Skeleton, Severed Head

Discovered skulls could shed light on British warrior queen

(Newser) - First, they discovered 3,000 skeletons dating back to the Great Plague . Now archaeologists excavating parts of an ongoing commuter railway project in London have uncovered skulls lined neatly on a Roman road—and one lying between the legs of a headless skeleton, the Telegraph reports. Other skulls discovered in... More »

Waterloo's 'Mystery Soldier' Was German Hunchback

Friedrich Brandt fought for the Brits against Napoleon: historian

(Newser) - The first complete skeleton retrieved from the Battle of Waterloo has been identified as a German who wouldn't be allowed in any modern army, the Sunday Times reports via the Independent . The soldier was apparently Friedrich Brandt, 23, who fought 200 years ago in the King’s German Legion... More »

20-Year-Old Body Parts Found in Police Station

As many as 100 body parts found in locked room in Indian city of Unnao

(Newser) - While cleaning part of a police station in the Indian city of Unnao last week, workers found bags of human remains inside a room that had long been locked—and the body parts are likely two decades old or more. A superintendent of police tells CNN that the room was... More »

Remains of Man in Lotus Position Discovered

His mummified body is exceedingly well-preserved

(Newser) - Mummified remains were found in Mongolia this week, and there's something remarkable about them. "The mummified body sits in a lotus position, as if still meditating," says a report in Mongolia's Morning News cited by the Siberian Times , which reports that the age of the remains... More »

Early Humans Ate Animals We Call Pets

Human bite marks found on small-carnivore remains

(Newser) - Europeans have dined on dogs, foxes, badgers, and wild cats, a new study says—although admittedly it's been a while. Researchers base this on ancient small-carnivore remains discovered in a Spanish cave, the Telegraph reports. Dating back 3,100 to 7,200 years, the remains show signs of human... More »

Dog Finds Human Leg on Mass. Beach

Police investigate remains on Plum Island Beach

(Newser) - A man watched in horror yesterday as his Labrador discovered a human leg on a Massachusetts beach, the Boston Globe reports. Bill Barrett says he and his puppy were out for a walk, searching for seashells on Plum Island Beach, when the leg turned up. "We walked over there,... More »

Skeletal Remains Found in Trash-Filled NYC Apartment

Woman may have lived with mom's body for a year: sources

(Newser) - Police were called to a Brooklyn apartment over a foul odor last night, and they found a bunch of garbage, debris ... and skeletal remains. First, they found a 28-year-old woman who threatened to hurt herself, the New York Daily News reports. But when she was taken to a hospital for... More »

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