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Taphonomy

The study of the fate of the remains of organisms after they die

2

Algor mortis

The cooling of the body after death

Begins immediately upon death

3

Livor mortis

The purple coloration that develops in the skin of the underside of the body resulting from the gravitational movement of blood

Appears within one and a half to two hours of death

4

Rigor mortis

Muscle stiffening caused by chemical changes in the tissue

Begins in small muscles as early as 10 min after death and progresses throughout the body

Complete by 12-24 hrs then slowly disappears over the next one to two days

5

Autolysis

First step of decomposition

"Self-digestion"

6

Adipocere

Composed of insoluble fatty acids resulting from the slow hydrolysis of the body's fats in water

(Grave wax)

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Postmortem interval

Time since death