(Received 3 March 1975; accepted 17 June 1975)
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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.
Associate professor in dentistry, Biometrics Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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