12/11/11 - 3:45pm
The scene is a staple of many western movies.
Spurs rattle in the distance as a cowboy dismounts his horse.
The camera pans around the dry sand and mud.
A steer’s skull and horns poke up from the earth with a ghastly expression, a likely victim of the harsh conditions.
Whenever Bill Parham sees such a scene on his TV, he gets excited. Not about cowboy heroics, or the old west, but at the sight of the skull, bones and the process that — Hollywood aside — brought it to be.