Postmortem Changes

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How the humble fly can help to solve our most gruesome crimes

Flies are often the first visitors to a murder scene. Studying their grisly dining habits can reveal vital clues to help catch the killer<p>Flies are regarded by most people as a nuisance at best, a harbinger of death at worst. They elicit little more than feelings of disgust and many people are happy …


Some corpses may mysteriously heat up after death

A strange case-study from the Czech Republic<p>One morning, in a hospital in the Czech Republic, a 69-year-old man died of heart disease. An hour later, as nurses were preparing to move his body down to the lab for autopsy, they noticed his skin was unusually warm. After calling the doctor back to …

Determining Time of Death

Podcast: Play in new window | Download |<p>Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More<p><b>Defining Time of Death</b> <b></b><p>There are several times of death. Let me repeat …

The Chinese mummy that aged 300 years in a day: Experts baffled by 'perfectly preserved' body that turned BLACK just hours after its coffin was opened

• Found in same area as two other bodies that were reduced to skeletons<br>• Within hours, however, the corpse's face started to turn black and a foul smell …

Archaeologists find Ming Dynasty mummy in China

Road workers have stumbled upon a well-preserved, 700-year-old mummy while expanding a street in the Chinese city of Taizhou, in Jiangsu …

The 2,000 Year Old Mummified Body of Lady Xin Zhui HD Archaeology Documentary

مـومـیـایـی عـــجـــیـــب چـیـنـی ••• Chinese Diva Mummy

13 Secrets of Forensic Entomologists

Forensic entomology is the study of insects in criminal investigations. Think you know something about the field because you’ve seen Gil Grissom on …


The ‘dance’ of life: visualizing metamorphosis during pupation in the blow fly Calliphora vicina by X-ray video imaging and micro-computed tomography | Open Science

• Truman JW,<br>• Riddiford LM<p>. 1999 The origins of insect metamorphosis.Nature 401, 447–452. (doi:10.1038/46737)<p>Erezyilmaz DF<p>. 2006 Imperfect eggs and …

Maggot to Blowfly: Ready for Its Close-Up

What fly is famous on TV?<p>Think corpses and detectives wanting to know how long that body has been in a storage locker or suitcase. It’s the blowfly, of course. Its larvae, a.k.a. maggots, feed on rotting flesh, which could be that spouse or business partner who got in the way. Or, in a good police …

The Washing Away of Wrongs

Amsterdam to host Europe's first 'forensic cemetery'

Scientific burial ground in Amsterdam will allow scientists to study decomposition of human bodies


A Machine Learning Approach for Using the Postmortem Skin Microbiome to Estimate the Postmortem Interval

by Hunter R. Johnson, Donovan D. Trinidad, Stephania Guzman, Zenab Khan, James V. Parziale, Jennifer M. DeBruyn, Nathan H. LentsResearch on the human …

Data Science

A Baltimore researcher shows that the longtime standard for body temperature is wrong. Cool.

(Page 2 of 2)<p>February 11, 2005|By Michael Stroh | Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF<p>Wunderlich's book broke new ground. The German physician was the first to …


Nobody knows why this ancient mummy is so well preserved

This Chinese woman has been preserved for over 2,100 years and she’s baffled scientists.<p>Called the Lady of Dai, she’s considered the best-preserved …

Ancient History

Forensic Autopsy of Human Decomposed Bodies as a Valuable Tool for Prevention: A French Regional Study.

2016 Dec;37(4):270-274.<p>1From the Service de Médecine légale, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France.<p>Abstract<p>Post mortem …


'Body farm' proposed for central Queensland would be world first for tropics

Groundwork is being laid to create a 'body farm' in central Queensland, where scientists can study how human corpses decompose in the tropics.


Getting ready for @ns_college students to analyse some #forensic #flies #entomology as part of @WLVsci_eng outreach

The Chemistry of Mummification

Mummies are, perhaps, the easiest go-to costume for Halloween: grab some bandages, drape yourself in them, and job done. However, there’s a little …

Ancient History

This is what happens to your body when you die

<b>No matter how differently cultures celebrate and mourn their dead, one thing is absolute: the body dies in exactly the same way.</b><p>The people over at …


The scent of death (video) - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2016 — Some scientists have an important, if morbid, job: They study the smell of decomposing human bodies. By understanding the …

An exclusive look inside Australia's human body farm

At a secret bushland location, just outside Sydney, a team of world class researchers is studying decomposing bodies and helping police investigate …


15 Mummies You Can See Around the World

Many regular travelers seek out their favorite series of landmarks to visit—every national park, every art museum, or every state. For the more …


A day of #forensic #entomology for @EntoMasters excellently run by Dr. Amoret Whitaker! @FranciscaSconce was also super great.


So from Obesity TV programmes I go straight onto food!!: This is an amazing "5 Stages of Decay Cookie" by Claire Ratcliffe for the special Halloween event I'm holding at Barts Pathology Museum where I work: "Delicious Decay - The Edible Body Farm!!! The event (Friday night 28th and all day Saturday 29th) will feature edibles - savoury and sweet


Day 5: warm and sunny, Lucilia overload, really stunning flies. #forensic #entomology