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50229.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:27 am Reply with quote

“A human body starts to decompose four minutes after death [...] Flies. Eggs are lain, then hatch. The larvae feed on the nutrient rich broth, and then migrate. They leave the body in orderly fashion, following each other in a neat procession that always heads south. South east or south west sometimes, but never north. No one knows why.”

Source: ‘The Chemistry of Death’ by Simon Beckett (Bantam, 2006)

50271.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:43 am Reply with quote

A dead whale hosts a vast community of creatures which feed off its corpse - a feast which can last as long as a century. Marine biologist Craig Smith specialises in towing a dead whale out to sea, strapping “a couple of tonnes of scrap metal to it,” and sinking it. This is known as a “whale fall”. Smith has done this seven times since 1992; each sinking costs about $8000.


50273.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:47 am Reply with quote

Should be able to get some good mummification factlets in here...


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