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An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone. / Walden, Steven J; Mulville, Jacqui; Rowlands, Jeffrey P; Evans, Sam L.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, 10.03.2017.

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Walden, SJ, Mulville, J, Rowlands, JP & Evans, SL 2017, 'An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone', Journal of Forensic Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.13480

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Walden, S. J., Mulville, J., Rowlands, J. P., & Evans, S. L. (2017). An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone. Journal of Forensic Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.13480

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Walden SJ, Mulville J, Rowlands JP, Evans SL. An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2017 Mar 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.13480

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Walden, Steven J ; Mulville, Jacqui ; Rowlands, Jeffrey P ; Evans, Sam L. / An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2017.

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title = "An Analysis of Systematic Elemental Changes in Decomposing Bone",
abstract = "The aim of this pilot study was to investigate compositional changes in bone during decomposition. Elemental concentrations of barium, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus in porcine bone (as an experimental analog for human bone) were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The samples were taken from porcine bone subjected to shallow burial and surface depositions at 28-day intervals for a period of 140 days. Results indicated that ICP-OES elemental profiling has potential to be developed as a forensic test for determining whether a bone sample originates from the early stages of soft tissue putrefaction. Significant changes in iron, sodium and potassium concentrations were found over 140 days. These elements are known to be primarily associated with proteins and/or tissue fluids within the bone. Changes in their respective concentrations may therefore be linked to dehydration over time and in turn may be indicative of time since deposition.",
keywords = "forensic science, anthropology , bone, decomposition, spectroscopy",
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