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In September 2012, we tested how the exclusion of insects from two size classes of rodents affected rates of the initial, bloat, putrification, and dry phases of decomposition.
When we opened the tomb, I poked my head in and there was still, to my astonishment, a smell of putrification and a chill that went to my bones," Houston said.
But it helps us with the awfulness of the corpse, for what lies behind the mask is nothing less than nothingness, putrification, oblivion.