Before the fans of the series The Walking Deadbegin to rush to collect things prepared in case of the onset of the zombie apocalypse, we stipulate: there is nothing to be afraid of. However, the news is really creepy. Like the study itself. Scientists from the Australian Center for Taphonomic (Posthumous) Experimental Research (AFTER) photographed the body of a deceased person for 17 months. The results were truly stunning - it turned out that after death, the human body moves throughout the year. Thus, terrible stories about the dead that turned over in a coffin, finally got a scientific justification.
What happens to a person’s body after death?
In our society, the topic of death is somehow not discussedaccepted. Meanwhile, the knowledge of what happens to the human body immediately after death can help to look at the world from a different angle. In the end, the medicine for immortality has not yet been invented, which means that the life of each of us will end sooner or later. This will happen regardless of whether we want it or not, whether we believe in the afterlife or reincarnation, or if we do not believe in anything. It is the realization that we are on this planet for a short while that gives our lives special value. Some even believe that this is the meaning of life. Let's try to discuss this with the participants of our Telegram chat.
So, immediately after death to workirreversible, natural processes come in. Death marks the cessation of brain activity and a drop in body temperature of 1.6 degrees until it reaches room temperature. Then, due to a lack of oxygen, the cells of the body will begin to die and subsequently split, thereby starting the process of decay. Within a few hours after death, calcium begins to accumulate in the relaxed muscles, causing them to contract. This is rigor mortis. It lasts about 36 hours.
When the muscles finally relax, will happenthe release of fluid residues and excrement. The skin will shrink, making your nails and hair appear longer. Then, with the help of bacteria, the enzymes in the internal organs will begin to process themselves. This will give the skin a characteristic greenish tint. After which an unpleasant odor will inevitably appear - this is due to the fact that the decomposing body produces chemicals, such as putrescine and cadaverine.
Further the picture becomes even darker. Already within a week, larvae can occupy up to 60% of the body. And due to further destruction by bacteria, the skin color turns purple and then black. At a temperature of +10 degrees, soft tissues will need only 4 months to complete decomposition. One way or another, if you do not resort to cremation, all that remains of us is the skeleton.
By the way, scientists regularly find the remains of human ancestors in various parts of the world. You can read more about these amazing finds in our Yandex.Zen channel.
Why are the dead moving?
It is believed that after death, corpses canstir. However, no one thought that this could last for a year or more. Scientists from the Australian AFTER Center are conducting studies in the field of human body activity after death. A center employee named Alison Wilson conducted an experiment photographing the corpse of a man who bequeathed his body of science every half hour for 17 months. The study is published in the journal Forensic Science International: Synergy.
According to Dr. Wilson, during the study sheand her colleagues found that the hands of the dead changed their location. Being in close proximity to the body, the hands of the deceased gradually moved away from the sides. Experts believe that such movements are caused by the decomposition process. In connection with the data obtained, scientists came to the conclusion that many buried bodies continue to move throughout the year.
Dr. Wilson also hopes her discoveryhelp improve our understanding of death. It is not a secret that time-lapse photography of decomposition processes is a widespread practice among scientists from various fields of science, however, an accurate understanding of how the human body behaves after death has been obtained for the first time.
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