Human bodies move around for more than a year even after it's death, evidence revealed by scientists
- by Dibyaroop-bose
- Sep 16, 2019 14:27
An Australian scientist has recently proved that human bodies tend to move around significantly for more than a year after the death,these findings probably could have implications for detectives and pathologists around the world. After studying and photographing the movements of a corpse over 17-months, Alyson Wilson told AFP on Friday that she found humans not exactly rest in peace. In one case study, arms that began held close to the body ended up to be hurled out to the side. 'We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out,' she said.
To carry out her unusual form of people watching, Wilson took an utmost three-hour flight from Cairns to Sydney every month to check on the progress of a cadaver. Her subject was one of seventy bodies stored at the Southern Hemisphere's only 'body farm', which sits at a secret bushland location on the outskirts of Australia's largest city. Officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), the farm is carrying out pioneering research into post-mortem movement.
A better understanding of post mortem movement could also be used to minimize the incorrect cause of death or misinterpretation of a crime scene. 'They'll map a crime scene, they'll map the victim's body position, they'll map any physical evidence which is found, and they can understand the cause of death.' The CQ University criminology graduate says she started her unique project after a trip to Mexico to help classify Mayan-era skeletal remains.
I was fascinated with death from a child and was always interested in how the body breaks down after death I guess that comes about from being raised on a farm and seeing livestock die and watching that process,' she said Once I observed a movement in a previous study, I started researching and couldn't find anywhere in the world that looks at quantifying the movement, so I thought OK, I'm going to do this.'