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The Science of Forensic Entomology

Authors: David B. Rivers, Gregory A. Dahlem Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2013 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 402 Publication formats: EAN: 9781118403044 ISBN: 9781118403044 Category: Biology, life sciences Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -


The Science of Forensic Entomology builds a foundation of biological and entomological knowledge that equips the student to be able to understand and resolve questions concerning the presence of specific insects at a crime scene, in which the answers require deductive reasoning, seasoned observation, reconstruction and experimentation—features required of all disciplines that have hypothesis testing at its core.  Each chapter addresses topics that delve into the underlying biological principles and concepts relevant to the insect biology that forms the bases for using insects in matters of legal importance.

The book is more than an introduction to forensic entomology as it offers in depth coverage of non-traditional topics, including the biology of maggot masses, temperature tolerances of necrophagous insects; chemical attraction and communication; reproductive strategies of necrophagous flies; archaeoentomology, and use of insects in modern warfare (terrorism). As such it will enable advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to gain a sound knowledge of the principles, concepts and methodologies necessary to use insects and other arthropods in a wide range of legal matters.


  • The Science of Forensic Entomology 6
  • Copyright 7
  • Contents 8
  • About the companion website 15
  • Preface 16
  • Chapter 1 Role of forensic science in criminal investigations 22
    • 1.1 What is forensic science? 22
    • Overview 22
    • The big picture 22
    • 1.2 Application of science to criminal investigations 24
      • 1.2.1 Physical evidence 24
      • 1.2.2 Collection of evidence 25
      • 1.2.3 The scientific method is the key to forensic analyses 25
      • 1.2.4 Analysis of physical evidence 28
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Author's affiliation

David B. Rivers: Loyola University Maryland, USA