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How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr

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Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes — and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating murders. (This talk contains graphic images.)

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36 Comments on How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr

  1. Abderahman Hamdy // 22nd June 2018 at 4:32 pm // Reply


    This is the first video for me in Ted channel.. how can achieve the best benefits ?

  2. Swapnil Dharpawar // 22nd June 2018 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    Just wow

  3. stephen madl // 22nd June 2018 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    I thought Tammy Faye Baker was dead.

  4. I don’t trust women putting full makeup

  5. Spiegelbild // 22nd June 2018 at 4:35 pm // Reply


  6. At first I thought she was considering enlisting vultures into the FBI

  7. nenchantress84 // 22nd June 2018 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    She’s a great speaker!

  8. Delante's Vlog Show // 22nd June 2018 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    This is why I love vultures! People see them as filthy creatures, but I see them as powerful birds that can withstand diseases and viruses. Great video!! #ilovevultures

  9. James Jumper // 22nd June 2018 at 4:49 pm // Reply

    “Mom, Dad. Should I continue to study vulture eating habits?”

    “Carri-on, Lauren. Carri-on.”


    • Owls
      Everyone is fond of owls
      Except for mice and shrews
      And Simon Cowells
      And you know why they come for you

      The owls in your dressing room
      The owls in your gravy
      Even if you hide at sea
      There’s owls in the navy

      Simon Cowell, your days are numbered
      Owls will get you while you slumber
      In the night they’ll come for you
      And tear your crazy legs in two

      ‘Cause you’re the king of the beavers
      The king of the beavers
      You cannot deceive us
      And you can’t fool owls

  11. This is a re-upload but I don’t even care because I love vultures that much.

  12. Purrfectly interesting! Didnt waste my time listening, rarely do with TED talk! Awesome!!

  13. Mattias Svensson // 22nd June 2018 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    ‘Warning: This talk involves graphic images.’
    Yes~! Not another special snowflake whining, but something actually cool again! Huzzah!

    • Rue Lovecraft // 22nd June 2018 at 9:55 pm // Reply

      i hate to break it to you but that kind of warning and this kind of warning are the same kind and it’s pretty ridiculous to give a damn lol

  14. Mother Nugget // 22nd June 2018 at 5:44 pm // Reply

    TED is running out of materials

  15. Mother Nugget // 22nd June 2018 at 5:45 pm // Reply

    who did her make up? omg

  16. Alex Utopia // 22nd June 2018 at 6:18 pm // Reply

    Vulture won’t help to solve crime! Everybody knows Spider-Man put him in prison… 🙂

  17. PantsB4Squares // 22nd June 2018 at 6:20 pm // Reply

    You people are just figuring this out? Vultures have been used in conjunction to solve murders for a very long time. Why is this a ted talk?

    • Shes talking like shes explaining to kids and is rambaling a lot of usless filler cause the subject is too simple to have a 10m talk

  18. DURMUŞ BAYSAL // 22nd June 2018 at 7:44 pm // Reply

    It’s a story.
    A man committed a murder under a tree.
    The police arrested the accused.
    The guilty was sent to court.
    The judge said to the members of the jury:
    The only witness about murder is the tree.
    I’m going to send a detective.
    And to ask who did the murder.
    The criminal said to judge. Judge, the tree can not speak.
    The judge answered. When the detective comes back, we will know that the tree would speak or not speak.
    But, Judge, this tree is far away. A man can not go back before two days.
    The judge answered to the criminal: Look, the tree spoke.

    “And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (The Noble Quran. Surah Luqman. Verse 27)

    French :

  19. ImDemonWolf // 22nd June 2018 at 9:33 pm // Reply

    How vultures can help solve crimes?…No, how about we leave the animals alone as they do to us in the wilderness. We don’t need animals for health, survival, sustenance, nor self defense, therefore live vegan as there is no valid reasonable nor logical justification for needlessly harming/using animals anymore. We can simply change policies among our society to help prevent most, not all, crimes that are 100% preventable like the eradicating the drug war by veganizing, legalizing, taxing, and regulating all drugs, eradication of animal agriculture and adopting the vegan ideology among society eliminating speciesism which leads to violence among our own species, etc. If anyone disagrees with any points/arguments I’ve made, make a counterargument. Furthermore, we don’t need vultures to solve anything as we already have modern technology to solve most, not all, crimes and we simply need to continue to evolve the technology to be able to solve all crimes.

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