New Scientist presented this striking time-lapse video of a dead African elephant (Loxodonta africana) being dismantled in Kenya. It took just a week for scavengers to reduce the corpse to a pile of bleaching bones. This was part of a Channel 4 program, “The Elephant: Life After Death,” that aired in the UK on February 16.
New Scientist also notes that “There are an estimated 6 million calories in an elephant—enough energy to keep a human sated for over eight years.” (I calculate 6.6 years at 2500 calories per day.)
Of course, this is going to happen to all of us who aren’t cremated, but it’ll take place decently out of sight, and will involve insect larvae and bacteria rather than jackals, hyenas, and leopards.
h/t: Chris Noto