So we wondered, "What else consumes dead stuff? That we could weigh?"
So with some bananas in hand and a scale available, we did some eating and weighing...
From this we've realized a lot...and that there's three big ideas that have surfaced.
1. The living organism that eats gets bigger as it consumes dead stuff. It's weight increases and the amount of matter in it gets larger.
2. The dead organism that is being eaten gets smaller and its weight decreases. It's matter goes into the organism that is consuming it.
3. Altogether, the amount of matter stays the same in the system...it just gets rearranged. For example, the dead badger's matter goes into the larger, the dead plants matter goes into the worm or the mold, and the eggs' weight a female fly lays gets larger as she lays them. The total matter of all these things stays constant, and just moves from organism to organism.