26 Forensic Entomology

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FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY CSI: San Luis Obispo
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TFTD: Forensic Entomology Forensic Entomology : is the application and study of insect/arthropod biology to criminal or other legal matters. Major areas: o Structural entomology o Stored food entomology o Medical entomology (usually criminal cases)
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History Earliest known case – China, 1200’s o Case of the bloody rice sickle! Only recently has the use of insect- derived evidence been acceptable in court
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Science and nonscience Rational thought vs. empirical study o Make observations o Sit around and think a long time about it o Devise some reasonable explanation o Believe it based on authority Example: flat earth
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Empirical approach Scientific method o Make an observation o Develop a hypothesis (a testable question) o Set up an experiment to test the hypothesis (with as few variables as possible) o Make observations and record data o Draw conclusions – based on data
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Science For an experiment you need: o Treatments o Standardized conditions o Replication o A standard for comparison (a control)
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