Humans naturally wonder what happens after death. While we may not have the spiritual or metaphysical answers, we do know what happens to the body as it decomposes. Though most of us have a cursory understanding of decay, not everyone knows that there are actually eight stages of death. The body goes through these specific stages of decay as it makes its way from still-warm-to-the-touch to complete fossilization.
How long it takes for a dead body to become a skeleton and go through the entire process of decomposition varies depending on several factors. The temperature of the environment, the fat content of the body, and other details affect how quickly the body decomposes. Or, like the mysterious bog bodies, how quickly the body becomes preserved. In some rare cases, the body will become naturally mummified, which can be more bizarre than these eight stages.