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Inside of Nose Reveals Time of Death, University of Bari Study



10/4/2011 7:22:31 AM

TINY finger-like projections lining the nose continue to beat after death. Since the beating of these cilia slows at a predictable rate, forensic teams should be able to estimate time of death more accurately. Pinpointing precisely when someone died can be a challenge for investigators. They can look at body temperature or decomposition rate, but these indicators can be confounded by temperature, or whether the person was involved in a struggle, say, shortly before death. The beating rate of cilia could provide an additional tool to help decide time of death, especially if it was within the previous 24 hours.

Read at New Scientist


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