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0003929Dwarf FortressItemspublic2011-02-04 14:192011-02-25 06:40
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0003929: Corpses / body parts does not rot
No corpses or body parts rots, no matter if they are vermin or from larger animal, inside/outside, above/underground, whole corpse or chunk of it, in stockpile or not. Miasma isn't produced. Interestingly it is impossible to butcher them, butcher's shop reports that there are no unrotten corpses.
Over a year of game time has passed, embark is in warm or temperate climate. Weather is turned off. Raws were not modified in any way.
duplicate of 0001522new  Stray kitten corpse not rotting 
Issue History
2011-02-04 14:19IhtammNew Issue
2011-02-04 14:21IhtammTag Attached: rotting
2011-02-04 16:22mrchinchin25Issue Monitored: mrchinchin25
2011-02-25 03:07DwarfuNote Added: 0015487
2011-02-25 03:07DwarfuTag Attached: AWAITING UPDATE
2011-02-25 03:10AbuDhabiNote Added: 0015488
2011-02-25 04:28ethanbNote Added: 0015494
2011-02-25 06:39FootkerchiefNote Added: 0015499
2011-02-25 06:39FootkerchiefRelationship addedduplicate of 0001522
2011-02-25 06:39FootkerchiefStatusnew => resolved
2011-02-25 06:39FootkerchiefResolutionopen => duplicate
2011-02-25 06:39FootkerchiefAssigned To => Footkerchief
2011-02-25 06:40FootkerchiefTag Detached: AWAITING UPDATE

2011-02-25 03:07   
Reminder sent to: Ihtamm

Do you have a save for this?

Please upload it to http://dffd.wimbli.com/ [^]
2011-02-25 03:10   
I can confirm this as being present in at least some versions I've seen, including .19. Corpses turn into skeletons, but never completely rot away even outside. I'm not sure about severed body parts, but in my experience, they too don't decay into oblivion.
2011-02-25 04:28   
AbuDhabi: Bone tissue isn't supposed to decay. Once a corpse reaches skeletal status, that's it as far as the natural order of things goes. Think archaeology. :)

The behavior the original poster is observing is presumably that fleshy tissues aren't rotting either (although I've never seen that happen.)
2011-02-25 06:39   
Didn't hear back from the reporter.