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Mushrooms and taphonomy: the fungi that mark woodland graves

By Mark Tibbett and David O. Carter

Abstract

Two closely related chemoecological groups of fungi, the ammonia fungi and the postputrefaction fungi, have been\ud associated with the decomposition by-products of cadavers. Sporocarps have been observed in disparate woodlands across the world and often mark sites of graves. These groups of fungi provide visible markers of the sites of cadaver\ud decomposition and follow repeated patterns of successional change as apparent decomposition proceeds. We suggest these phenomena may become a useful tool for crime scene investigation, forensic archaeology and forensic taphonomy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S0269915X03001150
OAI identifier: oai:researchonline.jcu.edu.au:6937
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