Moisture can be the dominant environmental parameter governing cadaver decomposition in soil.

@article{Carter2010MoistureCB,
  title={Moisture can be the dominant environmental parameter governing cadaver decomposition in soil.},
  author={David O. Carter and David Yellowlees and Mark Tibbett},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2010},
  volume={200 1-3},
  pages={60-6}
}
Forensic taphonomy involves the use of decomposition to estimate postmortem interval (PMI) or locate clandestine graves. Yet, cadaver decomposition remains poorly understood, particularly following burial in soil. Presently, we do not know how most edaphic and environmental parameters, including soil moisture, influence the breakdown of cadavers following burial and alter the processes that are used to estimate PMI and locate clandestine graves. To address this, we buried juvenile rat (Rattus… CONTINUE READING
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