Mummification occurs in hot, dry environments. The body dehydrates and bacterial proliferation may be minimal. The skin becomes dark, dried, and leathery. The process occurs readily in the fingers and toes in dry environments regardless of the temperature. Most mummified bodies are found in the summer months. It is also common for this process to occur in winter months if the environment is warm. It is possible for an entire body to mummify in only a few days to weeks. Once a body is in this state, it can remain preserved for many years.

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