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Grover Krantz's large dog stands on his hind legs with his front paws on Dr. Krantz's shoulder
Grover Krantz and his dog Clyde.Image courtesy: Smithsonian Institution

"I've been a teacher all my life, and I think I might as well be a teacher after I'm dead."

- Grover Krantz

The remains of Dr. Grover Krantz, a professor of physical anthropology at Washington State University, is one example of an individual who has donated his body to a research collection. At his death in 2002, according to his wishes, Dr. Krantz's remains were taken to the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility, where scientists are conducting many kinds of skeletal research, including studies of soft-tissue decay rates - information that is essential in forensic cases for accurately estimating time since death.

In 2003, Grover and Clyde were brought to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, so that their skeletons could be used in teaching.