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What is Forensic Taphonomy?
The study of the history of the body since death
What does Taphonomy do? (3)
- Estimates the time since death
- Identifies the individual
- Ability to determine cause/manner of death
Taphonomic History includes (4)
- Actual Death
- Interval of bone exposure through soft tissue modification
- Potential interval of bone modification
- Point of discovery and collection
What is Perimortem?
The boundry between soft tissue modification and bone exposure, and interval in which bone is exposed to modifying agents such as soil and weather.
What is Antemortem?
Injuries prior to death, spiral fractures, defined by moisture content.
Bone fractures occur after death, through decay or animals. Clean, brittle breaks, cross fracture.
Changes vertically as well as horizontally.