Artifacts of Decomposition
Instructor: Dr. Lerah Sutton
This course will describe each of the main artifacts of decomposition that can be utilized to estimate the post mortem interval. Both biological and non-biological methods will be discussed, with a specific focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each method.
- Explain what the post mortem interval is and how it can be calculated.
- Identify and explain all the major artifacts of decomposition.
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each PMI estimation method.
- Distinguish between biological and non-biological PMI estimations.
- Explain how and why bodies eventually end up in 1 of 3 conditions after death.
|Module 1||Post Mortem Interval Estimation – Strengths, Weaknesses, and Techniques|
|Module 2||Algor Mortis and Other Temperature Based Methods|
|Module 3||Rigor Mortis, Livor Mortis, and Other Muscle and Tissue Changes|
|Module 4||Putrefaction and Autolysis|
|Module 5||Other Biological Based Methods|
|Module 6||Forensic Entomology and Botany|
|Module 7||Skeletonization, Saponification, and Mummification|
|Module 8||Buried Bodies and Casper’s Dictum|