Despite the general stigma around the topic, knowledge about decomposition is important because it can help provide important information to many fields of study. Decomposition is the process by which dead organic substances are broken down into simpler organic or inorganic matter. Decomposition of human remains is a natural process that involves the breakdown of our tissues and cells after death. Decomposition is a complicated process that can be broken down into 5 stages which are autolysis (fresh), bloat, active decay, advanced decay, and skeletonization (dry remains). Because decomposition is such a complicated process, there are a lot of factors that can alter the rate at which the process proceeds. Some factors that can alter the rate at which human remains decompose are the climate in which they were left, individual characteristics, and shelter/coverings. In this talk, I explain the process of decomposition and how different environmental factors affect that process.
Bishop, Delaney, "How does the Environment of Human Remains Affect the Rate and Pattern of Decomposition?" (2022). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 330.
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