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In common forensic usage, the "age" of a dead body remains the age the person was at the time of their death; e.g., the body of a 67 year old man recovered from the scene of an automobile accident continues to be "the body of a 67 year old man" when it is brought in for autopsy, or exhumed many centuries hence by a paleontologist.

A bone removed from the ground can tell a doctor or other trained expert how old its owner was when they died, but the amount of carbon-14 contained in it makes it possible to tell how long ago the death occurred.

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