Science Questions

Does a corpse still tan?

Sat, 7th Jul 2007

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Question

Sue asked:

My question is somewhat creepy. If a person is at the beach, lying in the sun, and dies, will his body continue to become more tanned?

(Eww... I know.)

 

Answer

When the body dies, your cells don't immediately stop your metabolism winds down over a short time. Tannig involves production of melanin in cells in the skin, and so would probably continue for a little while after death.

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