Dead Bodies Move After Death

Now, that’s what nightmares are made of. We’re honestly praying that their discovery is the scientific kind and not a sign of a zombie apocalypse or a necromancer running around. 

An Australian scientist has discovered that bodies tend to move after being pronounced dead. The researcher, named Alyson Wilson, took photos of corpses over a 17-month time frame, and the results shocked her (and us, too). She and her team used a camera for that time period at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), to take photos of a corpse every 30 minutes during the day. “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.

The thing is, dead bodies usually tend to have some kind of movement during the early stages of decomposition, but the continuous movement was not what Wilson and her team were expecting. “We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out,” she further explained.

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