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Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations


Edited By: Jason H Byrd and James L Castner

681 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, illus, tabs

CRC Press

Hardback | Jul 2009 | Edition: 2 | #175387 | ISBN-13: 9780849392153
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Providing valuable information and instructions on what to search for when recovering entomological evidence and how to handle items found at a crime scene, "Forensic Entomology" presents the basics on insects of forensic importance as well as the principles of using insects to determine the time of death.

With over 100 additional color photos and an expanded reference appendix, this second edition features new chapters on standardization in forensic entomological analysis, climatology and thermoregulation in insects, and insect identification including dichotomous keys. The chapter on DNA has also been significantly enhanced to address molecular techniques and genetics markers.


General Entomology and Arthropod Biology. Insects of Forensic Importance. Collection of Entomological Evidence during Death Investigations. Laboratory Rearing of Forensic Insects. Insect Succession on Carrion and Its Relationship to Determining Time of Death. The Role of Aquatic Insects in Forensic Investigations. Recovering Buried Bodies and Surface Scatter: The Associated Anthropological, Botanical, and Entomological Evidence. Estimating the Postmortem Interval. Insect Development and Forensic Entomology. Computer Modeling of Insect Growth and Its Application to Forensic Entomology. Entomotoxicology: Insects as Toxicological Indicators and the Impact of Drugs and Toxins on Insect Development. DNA Techniques for Forensic Entomology. Entomological Alteration of Bloodstain Evidence. The Forensic Entomologists as Expert Witness.

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