Skeleton preservation is the exception to the norm. When you hear about the discovery or dinosaur skeletons, for example, you hear about how the skeleton happened to land in a geographical area that allowed for it to be preserved (like at the bottom of a lake where it was covered with silt, or bones found where a volcano had erupted and preserved skeletons in the blanket of ash.
Bones deteriorate just like the rest of a body, only a little slower. This is called “dry decay.” The protien in the bones decays first, leaving the mineral components, which then deteriorates and disperses.
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