How would a cave-buried-body look after 50 years?

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I have to make a skeleton (decomposing body) look like it is 40-50 years old for a student film shoot. I like to be as accurate as possible. The body would have been in a very cold, damp cave.

What would the state of decomposition be? Would there be any flesh etc.. left? or just old bones? Also, I image  the bones would not be dirty and dark as they would be in a dry warm environment, is this correct?

Any input would be very helpful. Thank you.

Ria Ambrose

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« Last Edit: 06/08/2010 11:30:03 by _system »

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Offline JimBob

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« Reply #1 on: 09/08/2010 15:17:39 »
Fleshless - There are many little critters, insects mostly, but the occasional reptile is known, that live in caves. And if the body was close to the opening, mammalian scavengers can also deflesh the body.
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« Reply #2 on: 09/08/2010 16:57:20 »
I may be wrong, but I would think that a dry, hot environment would produce whiter bone because of sun bleaching. 
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« Reply #3 on: 11/08/2010 02:56:33 »
In the dark, wet environment you describe in the first sentence (the question) they will become dirty with mud stains, bat droppings, insect dung and they will be a bit moldy as well.

Even if the area outside is mostly below freezing, from deep in the cave there will be a wind blowing that is above freezing allowing for the rotting of flesh.
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