Scientists have discovered that all corpses share more similarities than previously thought, according to new research published in Nature Microbiology. Despite their differences in origin, human bodies contain bacteria and fungal decomposers that are rare in the rest of the world. These microbes play a crucial role in breaking down dead bodies and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem,” which helps with plant production.
The study involved burying 36 donated corpses in different locations with varying environmental features. Despite the differences, the researchers found that all the samples taken from the bodies featured the same selection of microbes. Additionally, insects could potentially carry these microbes to decomposing human and animal remains.
Dr. Devin Finaughty explained that decomposition is not just physical degradation but also involves consumption of organic material by other organisms such as bacteria and fungi. The decomposition system revolves around dead bodies as a resource for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter for many organisms.
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