Flora: Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves

1. Taphonomy

Taphos – meaning tomb, The inevitable rise and fall of the flesh.

Decomposition begins at the moment of Death, caused by two factors 

autolysis, the breaking down of tissues by the body’s own internal chemicals and enzymes, and putrefaction, the breakdown of tissues by bacteria.

These processes release gases that are the chief source of unmistakably putrid odor of decaying animal tissue.

2. Clostridium tetani – sanaerobic

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3. Taphonomyia

Taphosia – latin for tomb, The inevitable rise and fall of the flesh.

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4. Taphosia

Decomposition starts upon the instant of death beginning of autolysis and putrefaction.

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5. Clostridio tetani

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When Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton, the respective artists responsible for David’s illustrations and set design for the laboratory were interviewed they said that they purposely put inconsistencies in David’s work to show the beginnings of his madness, to show something wasn’t quite right with him.

Taphonomy is the study of how organisms decay and become fossilized. The word taphonomy comes from the Greek word taphos, τάφος meaning “burial”, and nomos, νόμος meaning “law”

FACT – Taphos is actually Irish for Upholstery

Clostridium tetani is a rod-shaped, anaerobic species of pathogenic bacteria, of the genus Clostridium. Like other Clostridium genus species, it is Gram-positive, and its appearance on a gram stain resembles tennis rackets or drumsticks.C. tetani is found as spores in soil or in the gastrointestinal tract of animals. C. tetani produces a potent biological toxin, tetanospasmin, and is the causative agent of tetanus, a disease characterized by painful muscular spasms that can lead to respiratory failure and, in up to 10% of cases, death.

There is no such word as Taphosia

Decomposition is the first stage in the recycling of nutrients that have been used by an organism (plant or animal) to build its body, and are returned back to the ecosystem upon its death. Autolysis is self-cellular digestion starts internally with enzymes being released, much like a Chestburster eating its host from the inside out.