Time of Death. Method for determining. Rigor Mortis. “death stiffness” results in the shortening of muscle tissue and the stiffening of body parts in the position at death (occurs within the first 24 hrs. and disappears within 36 hrs.).
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Method for determining
All the remaining flesh is removed over this period and the body dries out.
It has a cheesy smell, caused by butyric acid, and this smell attracts a new suite of corpse organisms.
The reduction in soft food makes the body less palatable to the mouth-hooks of maggots, and more suitable for the chewing mouthparts of beetles.
Changes in size, color, mobility and external physical changes enable a scientist to determine when the blowflies arrived at the body.
Egg (8 hours)
Larva 1 (aka “instar 1”)
Larva 2 (aka “instar 2”)
Larva 3 (aka “instar” 3)
Early and late pupa