Forensic researchers have developed a new method for establishing an exact time of death after as long as 10 days.
The team from Austria’s University of Salzburg measured the breakdown of muscle proteins in dead pigs over time.
It is a significant step forward from the current method of measuring core body temperature, which only works up to 36 hours after death.
The breakthrough was announced at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual conference in Prague.
Dr Peter Steinbacher, the lead researcher on the study, told BBC News that there was “a huge lack of reliable methods” to calculate the time of death “after the moment when the body has cooled down to environmental temperatures”.
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Source Credits: Victoria Gill in BBC News from Prague