posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 08:05 PM
This is an interesting topic! I was unaware of these procedures...
It seems only natural that after we see the incredible preservation of mummies that man would desrie to duplicate and improve upon it...
In forensic pathology, it is common to come across "adipocere" - let me quote from a book I have for the exact definition..."Occasionally, a
decomposing body will undergo transformation to adipocere. Adipocere is a firm, greyish-white to brown wax-like material composed of oleic, palmitic,
and stearic acids. It is produced by conversion of neutral fats during putrefaction to the aforementioned acids....It is seen most commonly in bodies
immersed in water or in damp, warm environments. Adipocere is said to take several months to develop, though development can be as short as several
weeks. It is relatively resistant to both bateriologic and chemical degradation."
This this little girl died in 1902, and her casket was reopened, for some reason or another, in 1995.
I think these procedures of plastination, however, show just how close we can get to natural science...I'm surprised that forensic units in police
departments have not jumped on this to allow extended examination of the bodies...I think, of course, that the plastination links you've provided to
the images are meant to be forms of art...Here's an age old question to ponder on this thread...Does life imitate art or does art imitate life?!?!