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Gnawing squirrels are culprits at many crime scenes

Left to their own devices, squirrels will gnaw away not just on acorns, but also on bone. And that poses problems for forensics. “Squirrels seem...

430,000-year-old skull suggests murder is an ‘ancient human behavior’

It's a whodunit that dates back 430,000 years. Deep in a cave in northern Spain, archaeologists have uncovered fragments of a skull with protruding eyebrow...

Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes’ tomb in Madrid

Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain's much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death. They believe...

Inside the Bone Room: The hidden collection of human remains in Australia’s busiest morgue

Hidden away just behind Sydney's busiest road and down a corridor off Australia's biggest morgue, lie 250 sets of human bones whose origin until...

Forensic expert reveals how King Richard III actually died

The blow that killed King Richard III in battle was so powerful that it went up through the base of his brain and left...

Three Ways to Detect Pre-Burning Trauma on Burned Bones

In less than an hour, a fire 600-800°C can reduce a human body to unrecognizable, fragmented, and charred remains. Trauma that would normally be...

Through Art and Forensics, Faces of Unidentified Victims Emerge

Anyone who walked into Room 501 at the New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa the other day would have seen a roomful of...

Modern forensics solve 700-year-old murder mystery

The contents of the bowels of an Italian medieval warlord have revealed his nefarious cause of death nearly 700 years later. t's commonly accepted that...

Forensic anthropologist to examine Red House bones

A skull in a pot, six complete human skeletons and 36 incomplete skeletons which were found during excavation works at the Red House, Port...

3D Printing Takes the Place of Traditional Clay Modeling in Forensic Facial Reconstruction

3D printing is now proving extremely useful in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, a method of identifying skeletal remains. The process consists of...

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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification....

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...
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