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I wanted to know if a human were to be totally comsumed by tar and the body was 50ft under ground if the body were to be dragged out after thousands of years would the body be compleatly preserved or would it be all rotten and decomposed due to the natural way of thing?
Question Date: 2001-05-08
Answer 1:

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles are the perfect answer to this question.
If you dig in the asphalt pits, you find bones of animals that lived 8,000 - 40,000 years ago. Since all that is left are bones, the soft parts must have decomposed. I don't know if the tar slows the rate of decomposition, but it doesn't stop it. Here is a good web site on the tar pits:


http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/quaternary/labrea.html



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