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Titre du document / Document title

Characterization of adipocere formation in animal species

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

FORBES Shari L. ; STUART Barbara H. ; DENT Boyd B. ; FENWICK-MULCAHY Sarah ;

Résumé / Abstract

Adipocere is a soft white substance formed postmortem from fatty tissue in a decomposing body. In this preliminary study the formation of adipocere in soil was investigated for a number of animal species. Adipocere was formed from the fatty tissue of pig, cattle, sheep and rabbit. It was found that adipocere did not form from the fatty tissue of chicken or kangaroo in the time frame investigated. The issues being considered are relevant to the forensic examination of remains whose origin is otherwise uncertain or which are, in some way, related to human remains. Infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were used to characterise the composition of adipocere formed in the various species after different burial durations. Adipocere was observed to form at different rates among the species, but there was no distinct evidence of the fundamental composition varying between species.

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of forensic sciences    ISSN  0022-1198   CODEN JFSCAS 

Source / Source

2005, vol. 50, no3, pp. 633-640 [8 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, ETATS-UNIS  (1956) (Revue)

Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords

forensic science


forensic taphonomy






non-human remains


infrared spectroscopy


gas chromatography-mass spectrometry


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15719, 35400012982642.0230

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 16750786

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