Volume 21, Issue 2 (April 1976)
The Computer and the Law: Coordinate Analysis of Skull Shape and Possible Methods of Postmortem Identification
After death, the human body usually disintegrates quite rapidly. The rate of disintegration depends mainly on the temperature and humidity to which the body is exposed. Under extremely cold conditions the process of cell digestion or proteolysis is virtually halted, and bodies found in glaciers or arctic conditions can often be identified many years later.