This is eerie but true...just in time for halloween

Annie Deighnaugh

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/dead-bodies-move

An Australian scientist has found that human bodies move for more than a year after being pronounced dead. These findings could have implications for fields as diverse as pathology to criminology....

The researchers mostly expected some kind of movement during the very early stages of decomposition, but Wilson further explained that their continual movement completely surprised the team:

"We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out."

During one of the studies, arms that had been next to the body eventually ended up akimbo on their side.

I remember my GF's mom who was a doctor saying that in anatomy class there is a nerve in the hand that if touched will cause the hand on the cadaver to close...but hadn't thought about the body moving as it decomposed. No wonder people believed in vampires and such.

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arcy_gw

yep yep, shrinking muscles and tendons...

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Michele

Ugh! Gives me the creeps!

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kathyg_in_mi

Interesting.

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graywings123

Creepy to think about.

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Judy Good

It is very interesting for sure. Especially after I just had a dream/nightmare of dead people getting out of the coffin walk around (but not alive) and go back to the coffin. Why does a mind do that to me LOL One of the strangest dreams of late.

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Michele

I agree that it is interesting for sure.

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yeonassky

I find it interesting as well. It doesn't creep me out for some reason. I guess real life really is stranger than fiction.

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Rusty

Hmmmm. . . , Interesting. It kind of makes sense when you really think about it.

Rusty

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dedtired

I did not need to know that!

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patriciae_gw

That is why they used to bind bodies for burial. that bandage around the head and jaw was to keep the mouth from opening as the tongue swelled. I plan on being cremated but you don't want to hear what happens when you do that.

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maifleur01

I agree patriciae. However having grown up with stories of John Stink someone that my dad knew. Although it is not normally done in this state I would like to be embalmed before I am cremated just to be sure.

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