The Smell of Death Could Become Forensic Tool

  • Anna Williams

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Some 800 volatile organic compounds in decomposing pig bodies have been identified by scientists, including a team from the University of Huddlesfield in the United Kingdom. (Some 480 have been identified in human bodies). The list includes pleasant aromas found in freshly-mowed grass and also those in perfume scents, according to Anna Williams, a forensic anthropologist at the school and the leader of the team.

The discipline is still making advances toward the ultimate goal: to scientifically delineate everything that goes into that incredibly unique “bouquet” of smells, Williams told Forensic Magazine by email.

Period28 Sep 2015

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