New Details Emerge on the Black #Death by Examining a #Plague #Victim and her Tragic Coffin Birth

New Details Emerge on the Black #Death by Examining a #Plague #Victim and her Tragic Coffin Birth

Rare ‘coffin birth' found at black death burial site in northern Italy

Rare ‘coffin birth' found at black death burial site in northern Italy

hepatoma:  Postmortem fetal extrusion, also known as “Coffin birth” is the process of a fetus being pushed through the vagina (much like live birth)  of a pregnant decomposing corpse. The fetus is forced out the bloating of the body and by pressure of the gases in the abdominal due to decomposition.  The fetus is seen below the body above, laying flat on the ground with the umbilical cord still attached.

hepatoma: Postmortem fetal extrusion, also known as “Coffin birth” is the process of a fetus being pushed through the vagina (much like live birth) of a pregnant decomposing corpse. The fetus is forced out the bloating of the body and by pressure of the gases in the abdominal due to decomposition. The fetus is seen below the body above, laying flat on the ground with the umbilical cord still attached.

The Coffin Birth Of Liguria: What Is The Science Behind This Sad Story?

The Coffin Birth Of Liguria: What Is The Science Behind This Sad Story?

The skeleton of a near-term fetus found in a Black Death-era Italian grave is evidence of a gruesome natural phenomenon called postmortem fetal extrusion, or coffin birth. (Credit Cesana et al 2017/http://doi.org/10.1537/ase.161011)

The skeleton of a near-term fetus found in a Black Death-era Italian grave is evidence of a gruesome natural phenomenon called postmortem fetal extrusion, or coffin birth. (Credit Cesana et al 2017/http://doi.org/10.1537/ase.161011)

Coffin birth or, more precisely, "post-mortem fetal extrusion" is the expulsion of a dead fetus from the decomposing body of a pregnant woman.

Coffin birth or, more precisely, "post-mortem fetal extrusion" is the expulsion of a dead fetus from the decomposing body of a pregnant woman.

Coffin birth, known in academia by the more accurate term postmortem fetal extrusion, is the expulsion of a nonviable fetus through the vaginal opening of the decomposing body of a deceased pregnant woman as a result of the increasing pressure of intra-abdominal gases.

Coffin birth, known in academia by the more accurate term postmortem fetal extrusion, is the expulsion of a nonviable fetus through the vaginal opening of the decomposing body of a deceased pregnant woman as a result of the increasing pressure of intra-abdominal gases.

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