Unformatted text preview: remains 12-24 h. Algor Mortis Body Temperature Changes: Postmortem body temperature drops ca. 1.5° F per hr (normal conditions - slower in clod conditions). Faster in water. Affected by wind and insulation. Initial temperature may be abnormal altering calculation (fever). May rise in hot environments . Livor Mortis (Lividity) Livor mortis Gravity causes blood to settle in vessels 1 - 2 hrs. Color changes in skin Pressure changes color early on (blanching) blanching halts 8 -12 hrs Decomposition Autolysis - normal internal process Putrefaction - bacterial decomposition Various stages (fresh, bloated, etc.) Insects and animal action...
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- Spring '08