New research published in Nature Microbiology has shown that all corpses, regardless of their origin, share similarities when it comes to microbial networks. Dead bodies contain bacteria and fungal decomposers that are rare in the rest of the world. These microbes play a crucial role in the natural world by breaking down corpses and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem” to help with plant production.
The study involved burying 36 donated corpses in different locations with distinct environmental features. Despite the varying conditions, the researchers found that all the samples taken from the bodies featured the same selection of microbes. Insects could potentially carry these microbes to decomposing human and animal remains, further contributing to the decomposition process.
Dr. Devin Finaughty explained that decomposition is not just physical degradation but also involves consumption of organic material by other organisms. The decomposition system revolves around dead bodies as a resource for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter for many organisms. If you want more news like this, sign up for our free indy100 weekly newsletter and join our WhatsApp channel to have your say in our news democracy. Click on the upvote icon at the top of this page to help raise this article through our indy100 rankings.