What Happens To The Body After Death ?  

Decomposition of a boy after death happens in five steps -- initial decay, putrefaction, black putrefaction, butyric fermentation and dry decay. The first step or initial decay takes place between zero and three days after a person has died.

The signs of decay are initially not evident from the outside, though the bacteria inside already starts feeding on the intestine. Soon other bogy parts start being affected too. The other visible aspect of a decomposing body will be the presence of flies all around.

The next step, or what is known as putrefaction, happens anytime between the next four to ten days. The bacteria that break down the body’s tissues and cells are also responsible for producing methane, hydrogen sulfide, cadaverine, and putrescine. These gases not only make the corpse become inflated, they also create such a stench that more insects start showing up.

The third step is known as black putrefaction, which happens between ten and twenty days after the person has died. By now the body is no longer bloated. Instead it has collapsed and the flesh ends up becoming creamy, similar to cottage cheese. Most of the visible body parts are black in color by now and the stench will be attracting even more insects towards the body. Together, the bacteria and the insects will feed on the body and eat up most of the flesh.

The fourth step is called butyric fermentation and happens between the next twenty days to fifty days. With all the flesh gone by this time, the body begins to dry out, setting the stage ready for dry decay. The last step in the decomposition process takes place between fifty days to one year after death. Eventually everything gets eaten up and what remains is nothing but the bones.

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