Sheeza Basharat
Sheeza Basharatover 1 year ago


The PUGILISTIC pose, stance or posture is caused by the extreme temperatures of fire. Skin, muscles and tendons will often stiffen and shrink resulting in joint articulation and flexion, particularly in the knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. The development of the pose is a physical reaction of the muscles tendons and skin to fire exposure. The tissues will shrink due to the heat exposure. The thermal affects of the fire increase as exposure time increases. The pugilistic pose or stance has nothing to do with whether the victim was alive or deceased at the time of fire exposure. A well preserved body which is a week or more deceased can display these changes. Eventually the tissues will burn through and the flexed posture will be released returning it to a state more commonly associated with a deceased person. The presence of a pugilistic pose or stance does not in any way indicate the position of the deceased person at the time of fire exposure. The pugilistic pose or stance is not an indication that the victim was trying to defend themselves or be aggressive at the time of fire exposure. The pugilistic pose or stance does not occur in every case of fire exposure. As you can see the thermal affects are not just limited to humans.

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