Forensic Entomology

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A Catalyst article looking at how insects are used to provide clues at crime scenes. Forensic entomology is the study of insects and other arthropods in a legal context. It covers many different areas, such as pests in stored food products and insect infestations in human habitations. However, the most high-profile use of forensic entomology is in estimating the time since death, or post-mortem interval (PMI), in cases of unexplained or sudden death.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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