Volume 35, Issue 1 (January 1990)

    Time Since Death and Decomposition of the Human Body: Variables and Observations in Case and Experimental Field Studies

    (Received 19 December 1988; accepted 7 March 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Much of the difficulty in determining the time since death stems from the lack of systematic observation and research on the decomposition rate of the human body. Continuing studies conducted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provide useful information on the impact of carrion insect activity, ambient temperature, rainfall, clothing, burial and depth, carnivores, bodily trauma, body weight, and the surface with which the body is in contact. This paper reports findings and observations accumulated during eight years of research and case studies that may clarify some of the questions concerning bodily decay.


    Author Information:

    Meadows, L
    Professor and department head and graduate assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Mann, RW
    Museum specialist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

    Bass, WM
    Professor and department head and graduate assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


    Stock #: JFS12806J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12806J

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    Title Time Since Death and Decomposition of the Human Body: Variables and Observations in Case and Experimental Field Studies
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    Committee E30