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Cadaver buried February 7, 1828, and exhumed April 24, 1828
Fly, Woodcut engraving, 1894
Larvae, Woodcut engraving, 1894
Puparia, Woodcut engraving, 1894
Adult Green Blow Fly (Phaenicia sericata)
Adult Greenbottle Fly (Phaenicia coeruleivirdis)
Adult Bluebottle Fly (Calliphora vicina)
Adult Red-Tailed Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga haemorrhoidalis)
Adult Hairy Rove Beetle (Creophilus maxillosus)
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Larvae, Woodcut engraving, 1894
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Upon a View of the Body

Larvae, woodcut engraving, 1894
In his landmark Fauna of the Cadaver, Mégnin showed that eight waves of insect species colonized exposed corpses in orderly succession. In contrast, buried corpses only had two waves.
Pierre Mégnin, La faune des cadavers; application de l'entomologie à la médecine légale [The fauna of the cadaver; the application of entomology to legal medicine], Paris, 1894.
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