12th December 2011
Not too gross (you’ll never see gore on here), but definitely interesting.
- "Human decomposition occurs approximately 4 minutes after death has occured. The onset is governed by a process called autolysis - or self-digestion."
- "Autolysis usually does not become apparent for a few days … It is first observed by the appearance of skin slippage where large sheets of skin slough off the body."
- After autolysis takes place long enough, putrefaction occurs. This is the destruction of soft tissues of the body by micro-organisms.
- Alongside this process is rapid decay, where insects begin the inhabit the corpse.
- In dry areas mummification occurs since skin is not consumed by decomposers and often becomes hard and leathery.
- Bones continue to decompose through diagenesis, which is the process of natural compounds and nutrients leaching out to the surface of the bone.
- At room temperature, it takes a body about 128.5 days to decompose under average environmental circumstances.