The use of insects and associated arthropods in legal cases : a historical and practical perspective

Dadour, Ian R. and Harvey, Michelle L. 2008, The use of insects and associated arthropods in legal cases : a historical and practical perspective. In Oxenham, Marc (ed), Forensic approaches to death, disaster and abuse, Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hills, Qld., pp.225-232.

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Title The use of insects and associated arthropods in legal cases : a historical and practical perspective
Author(s) Dadour, Ian R.
Harvey, Michelle L.ORCID iD for Harvey, Michelle L.
Title of book Forensic approaches to death, disaster and abuse
Editor(s) Oxenham, Marc
Publication date 2008
Chapter number 14
Total chapters 20
Start page 225
End page 232
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Place of Publication Bowen Hills, Qld.
Keyword(s) criminal investigation
forensic anthropology
forensic entomology
arthropod pests
Summary  Forensic entomology has generally been recognised among law enforcement and the wider community as a science employed in the estimation of time since death. The utility of this science in contributing to the provision of time frames resulting in the focusing of valuable investigative resources has certainly been of the greatest importance. However, arthropods have been exploited extensively for their ability to provide information in a multitude of other situations, including cases of neglect, the food industry, and information relating to the cause and manner of death. This chapter will discuss the realm of information obtainable from insects and related groups in the forensic context, including and beyond the recognised time since death applications. Two areas of current research, molecular forensic entomology and entomotoxicology, will be discussed for their potential impact in the field.
ISBN 1921513071
Edition 1st
Language eng
Field of Research 069901 Forensic Biology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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