Body Decomposition Research
Recently, Texas State University has been the talk of the forensic science
community due to some cutting-edge research into body decomposition.
In order to observe how human remains decompose, the Texas State researchers
are monitoring real corpses left in a 26 acre field near the school. Various
environmental conditions, say the study participants, change the ways
that bodies decompose. A body left in the shade, for instance, decomposes
differently than one left in the sun. For police investigators trying
to determine how long ago
murder victims died, the study’s findings are groundbreaking.
Vultures and Body Decomposition
One of the more interesting discoveries, according to researchers, is the
damage that vultures do to remains. The body of an Austin woman who died
of breast cancer and donated her body to scientific research was left
in a field for 37 days without any animal disturbance. All at once, however,
a swarm of vultures descended upon the corpse and reduced it to bones
within minutes. Without the vultures, that process would’ve taken
more than a year.
A camera set up near the corpse caught the vultures jumping on the body
and cracking ribs. According to the researchers, a police investigator
who discovered that sort of injury would probably conclude that the woman
had suffered a severe beating, while in truth it was simply the work of
Mother Nature. Currently, models are being made of the vulture study with
the hope that the information will help future investigators understand
vulture activity around corpses.
Contact Kyle Law Firm
New Braunfels criminal defense lawyers at Kyle Law Firm knows the importance of research in the pursuit of criminal
justice. Without the work of the forensic scientists at Texas State and
across the country,
wrongful convictions would be the norm rather than the exception.