• Human Decomposition Smell
    Forensic Taphonomy

    Does Human Decomposition Smell Different Than Animal

    There’s no doubt that human decomposition smells differently than animal decomposition, but does anyone know why? In a recent study, researchers sought to answer this question by examining the odor profiles of both types of decomposed specimens. There’s a reason why people tend to steer clear of decomposed corpses—the smell is nauseating. But does human decomposition smell different than animal decomposition? Researchers set out to answer this question by studying the smells given off by different types of corpses. The results may surprise you! It turns out that human decomposition smells different than animal decomposition because of the different types of bacteria present in each type of corpse. The bacteria…

  • Human Decomposition Smell
    Forensic Taphonomy

    Human Decomposition Smell

    With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no shortage of talk about skeletons and zombies. But while most people focus on the looks of death, few consider the smell. So what does human decomposition smell like? And why does it smell that way? Join us as we take a closer look at this often overlooked aspect of death. Human decomposition smells like a combination of vinegar, rotten eggs, and garbage. This smell is caused by releasing gases from the body as it decomposes. These gases include methane, carbon dioxide, and ammonia. The smell of decomposition can be unpleasant, but it’s an important part of the natural process of death. It…