Extreme putrefaction of cadaver after only 16 days
In ideal circumstances for decomposition, putrefaction of the soft tissues can advance extremely rapidly with the help of insect activity. When maggots are present in large numbers on the body - such as in this 78-year-old man - their consumption of the tissues that resist putrefaction can speed up the decomposition process significantly. In most cases, a cadaver would require at least 3-4 weeks to reach this state of advanced decay. In the warm summer months, however, decomposition in as little as two weeks is not unheard of.
Atlas of Legal Medicine. Dr. Eduard von Hofmann, 1898.

Extreme putrefaction of cadaver after only 16 days

In ideal circumstances for decomposition, putrefaction of the soft tissues can advance extremely rapidly with the help of insect activity. When maggots are present in large numbers on the body - such as in this 78-year-old man - their consumption of the tissues that resist putrefaction can speed up the decomposition process significantly. In most cases, a cadaver would require at least 3-4 weeks to reach this state of advanced decay. In the warm summer months, however, decomposition in as little as two weeks is not unheard of.

Atlas of Legal Medicine. Dr. Eduard von Hofmann, 1898.

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    External factors such as high temperature make the process faster, also water or humidity.
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