Tagged: forensic entomology

On vein patterns and dead pythons – outdoor body recovery course - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 10, 2012

The Outdoor Body Recovery Course was fun.  It’s a difficult thing to say to people because how can it be fun collecting samples from unfortunate individuals who have died and whose remains are found outdoors?  It’s one of those uncomfortable  definitions of ‘fun’ that would probably be more appropriately labelled ‘rewarding’ or ‘fulfilling’.  However, on (read more) … Read More

Bones: animal or human? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 11, 2011

Although this isn’t really my area, some of my colleagues work with interesting ‘things’ that are found at crime scenes or what turn out to be crime scenes, namely bones. A huge amount of police time can be taken up in tackling the problems of ‘stray’ bones found by members of the public or unearthed [...] … Read More

Getting grotty with insects (not for the squeamish) - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 18, 2011

Some forensic scientists have jobs the rest of us could never even imagine, never mind do straight after breakfast.  Take forensic entomology for example.  Its use in suspicious death cases is well known through authors such as Patricia Cornwell and through programmes like Bones and the many versions of CSI, particularly Las Vegas where Grissom [...] … Read More