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What are the 7 Taphonomic Factors?
- Determing Triggering Event.
- Cultural Factors.
- Environmental Factors.
- Carcass Temperature and loss of blood.
- Atmospheric conditions.
- Location of Deposition of Body.
"Individual" Taphonomic factors
Age, Body size, Cause of death, Physical Properties of Bone.
"Cultural" Taphonomic Factors
Autopsies, Funeral Practices (embalming)
"Environmental" Taphonomic Factors
Temperature outside, pH levels, Properties of Soil, Moisture Content
"Scavenger" Taphonomic Factors
Insects, Rodents, Carnivores, Microbes (fungi)
"Carnivores" Taphonic Factors
Mainly eat soft tissue, scalp, upper limbs/lower limbs will be disarticulated, large dispersal of remains, evisceration of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities
"Water" Taphonomic Factors
Temperature, Depth, or current of water
"Burried" remains Taphonomic Factors
Less exposure to scavengers and insects, less exposure to weather, compaction of soil, moisture levels.