Forensic entomology: a synopsis, guide, and update

Dadour, Ian Robert and Morris, Beryl (2014). Forensic entomology: a synopsis, guide, and update. In Guy N. Rutty (Ed.), Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Advances, Updates and Emerging Technologies (pp. 105-130) London, United Kingdom: Springer London. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-5270-5

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Author Dadour, Ian Robert
Morris, Beryl
Title of chapter Forensic entomology: a synopsis, guide, and update
Title of book Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Advances, Updates and Emerging Technologies
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Springer London
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-5270-5
Open Access Status
Year available 2013
Series Pathology
ISBN 9781447152699
Editor Guy N. Rutty
Chapter number 6
Start page 105
End page 130
Total pages 26
Total chapters 7
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Estimating the postmortem interval is the “bread and butter” component of what the discipline of forensic entomology delivers to the judicial system in matters concerning homicides, suspicious deaths, and suicides. The following chapter introduces the reader to the different requirements necessary to collect and preserve insect material from a cadaver. Apart from the importance of the chronological interval, insect larvae can also be used to extract drugs, poisons, gunshot residues, and DNA. To be able to analyze these substances, it is not only dependent on the context of where the corpse is located but what specimens are collected and how they are preserved. Currently there are no universal procedures and methods, so the practitioner must consider each case and what information is required and apply those techniques. This chapter summarizes those techniques and the relevant tools to complete these undertakings.
Keyword Forensic entomology
Collecting insects
Preserving insects
Postmortem interval
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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