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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.


Eye from a Coffin Egypt, Late Period, 21st - 26th Dynasty (1081 - 525 BCE) Sculpture Bronze with inlaid bone sclerotica and black stone iris Height: 7/8 in.

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

The illustrious marble tomb of Katherine Parr, St. Mary's Chapel, Sudeley Castle. Her coffin was opened a number of times first in 1782 when a few locks of her hair were taken by John Locust who observed that her body, "after 234 years, was in a surprisingly good condition. Reportedly the flesh on one of her arms was still white and moist" (Wikipedia)