Human bodies can move on their own after death
Cairns mum Alyson Wilson has discovered that bodies keep moving for up to 17 months after being pronounced dead.
Ms Wilson tracks the arm and leg movements of a ‘human donor’ in bushland at Australia’s body farm, on the outskirts of Sydney.
The body has been moving for 17 months and Alyson’s time-lapse camera has been recording all that time.
It’s believed that no-one else in the world is researching ‘post-mortem movement’ in this way.
“We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out,” she says.
“This knowledge could be significant in unexplained death investigations.
"What we found was that the arms were significantly moving, so that arms that started off down beside the body ended up out to the side of the body," Wilson said.
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