When it comes to human physiology, we still have much to learn. It seems that every week there is a new discovery that has the potential to prevent, understand or cure illness, or improve forensics. Some of this can seem rather creepy!
About a year ago, a new discovery was reported at the International Symposium on Advances in Legal Medicine in Frankfurt, Germany. Researchers found that the inside of the human nose, specifically the nasal cilia coating the inside tissue of the nose, continue to beat for up to 20 hours after a person dies!
The cilia are microscopic filaments that help keep mucus moving through the nose, constantly refreshing the layer of it present. The beating of the cilia gradually slows down after death until finally stopping; this suggests that the rate of beating can be used as an alternative measure of the time of a person’s death.
So even after you die, a part of you will live on for nearly another day, still actively moving — a nose of the living dead!