Maggots are misunderstood, and we should see past the “yuck” factor and appreciate what these unique organisms can do for us.
As a forensic scientist who has worked at thousands of homicide, sexual assault and serious crime scenes, I can tell you the process is not as straightforward as depicted on popular true crime shows.
Maggots are a major part of the puzzle when it comes to collecting forensic evidence.
Trust Me, I’m An Expert: forensic entomology, or what bugs can tell police about when someone died.
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James Wallman is one of Australia's few forensic entomologists. It’s his job to unpack the tiny clues left behind by insects that can help police solve crimes.
Research underway at the University of Technology, Sydney’s AFTER facility is yielding some surprising new findings about how bodies decompose in the Australian bush.
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‘This is going to affect how we determine time since death’: how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science.
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On the outskirts of Sydney, in a secret bushland location, lies what's officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. In books or movies, it'd be called a body farm.
Closeup of blow-fly or carrion fly Calliphoridae.
The presence of blow flies can help establish time of death in murder cases. A criminologist explains how she used her knowledge of blow flies to help overturn a wrongful conviction.
There must be a dirty shoe here somewhere.
Germs on shoes and mobile phones are a good way of tracing criminal suspects, finds study.
Flesh-flies frequently give birth to maggots on corpses of human and other animals.
FORENSICS AUSTRALIA – Insects are everywhere. Their ubiquitous nature, and the fact they represent the largest biomass of animals on the earth, means there are hardly any terrestrial niches – except when…