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February 26, 2013, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Forensics

New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE
January 26, 2013, 6:02 pm
Filed under: Bones, Forensics

It used to be that the cause of death could only be determined by cutting a corpse open. But a new, virtual procedure developed by Swiss researchers is providing new insights into dead bodies. It could help identify previously undiscovered murders.

New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

In the deep sea, bacon doesn’t last long | Deep Sea News
November 1, 2012, 4:53 am
Filed under: Forensics

Now a pioneering experiment lead by forensic scientist Gail Anderson from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is using dead pigs as a model for humans to gain insight. In this video, a pig carcass is tracked as it turns to bones in the ocean, capturing the scavengers that visit the body. Sharks are unable to tuck in since it’s enclosed (as is the octopus lurking at the end of the video), giving sea lice exclusive access to the remains. They enter orifices in droves to feast on the animal from the inside out and congregate on the cage bars to prevent other arthropods, like shrimp, from getting a bite. “By the end of the fourth day, the sea lice had left and the pigs were reduced to bones,” says Anderson.

via In the deep sea, bacon doesn’t last long | Deep Sea News.

Debating Biology and Culture « Bones Don’t Lie
October 17, 2012, 5:46 pm
Filed under: Anthropology, Bones


Prior to the 1980′s, individual attributes like gender, age and ethnicity were assumed to be biological traits that manifested themselves in different cultural ways. In archaeology this meant that if we found a grave filled with weapons, but the skeleton too degraded to do an analysis of sex, we could assume it was male. 

Debating Biology and Culture « Bones Don’t Lie.

Skull Anatomy Tutorial
September 17, 2012, 12:51 am
Filed under: Anthropology, Bones, Forensics

Skull Anatomy Tutorial.

The Himalayan Times : Forensic tool to track ivory traders – Detail News : Nepal News Portal
August 25, 2012, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Bones, DNA, Genes

Even though trade in ivory has been banned, the poaching of tuskers continues unabated, threatening African elephants.However, Alfred Roca, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, has found a way to determine where the ivory comes from. He and his team have sampled elephants at 22 locations in 13 African countries to get sequences of their mitochondrial DNA mtDNA.mtDNA is the DNA located in mitochondria, structures within cells that convert the chemical energy from food into a form the cells can use. Most DNA is “nuclear”, found in the cell nucleus.What makes mtDNA a good marker for tracing the origin of ivory is first, that it is transmitted only by females and second, the fact that female elephants do not migrate between herds, the journal Evolutionary Applications reports.Roca and collaborators wanted to match these fragments to elephants from a specific location.

via The Himalayan Times : Forensic tool to track ivory traders – Detail News : Nepal News Portal.

From Arab News: Rare artifacts excavated in Kingdom’s al-Maqar area
July 29, 2012, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Forensics

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Tuesday expressed his satisfaction over the discovery of rare antiques during recent excavations that revealed that people in the Arabian Peninsula were interested in horses 9,000 years ago.

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and members of the excavation team briefed the king on the importance of the artifacts that were found in Al-Maqar in the central region of Saudi Arabia.

via From Arab News: Rare artifacts excavated in Kingdom’s al-Maqar area.