|Posted by douggoodman on February 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM|
A few months ago, some fellow SAR team members showed me a website that sells human bones for search and rescue work. I have always been curious about Skulls Unlimited. They are real human bones. The bones are cleaned in hydrogen peroxide and then stored with other bones to helpe keep the scent. I have always been hesitant to try them because I wondered about the vitality and robustness of the scent item. However, I haven't been able to get anything but teeth, and my contact at NASAR (National Association of Search and Rescue) warned against only training a cadaver dog on teeth. (The scent is very, very faint.) To give an example, it was recommeding the dogs be trained on scent items that weigh at least 5 grams. My largest scent item is still under 2 grams. In addition, Skulls Unlimited has been featured on Dirty Jobs, and if you can't trust a company featured in a Mike Rowe show, who can you trust?
I ordered two pieces: a thoracic vertebra and a rib. I am not sure which vertebra exactly I will be getting or which rib. I hope that the paperwork that comes with the bones will provide me with more information.
Should be at least 5 grams...
Dibs on the rib.
It is times like this when I do wonder if I am deranged. I have just purchased a human rib and vertebra with the intent of throwing it in a field and sending dogs to go find it.
Could this be more morbid? Only if I bought the pieces with money made on sales of my stories Haruspex (about divining the future from bones) and Queen Anne's Corpse. (And people wonder how I can keep my SAR work and my writing connected.)