Forensic Entomology and its role in crime solving

Stanojoska, Angelina and Jurtoska, Julija (2020) Forensic Entomology and its role in crime solving. Towards a Better Future: Human Rights, Organized Crime and Digital Society, 1. pp. 81-87. ISSN 978-608-4670-14-8

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A significant part of the forensic science from which we receive information
about insects that can be used to draw conclusions about the criminal investigation
of cases that involve human bodies or wildlife is known as forensic entomology.
There are several types of insects that can assist in forensic entomological
investigations, such as blowflies, flesh flies, cheese skippers, hide and skin beetles,
rove beetles and clown beetles. The presence of this type of insect can be used on
both types of criminal investigations on land and in water (Anderson, 1995;
Erzinçlioglu, 2000; Keiper and Casamatta, 2001; Hobischak and Anderson, 2002).
The practice of using insects to solve criminal activities has been recorded as early
as the mid-tenth century in China (Cheng, 1890; cited in Greenberg and Kunich, 2002).
But, forensic entomology became a branch of scientific studies in the 17th century in
Italy when experiments were carried out on different animal species. And in the 20th
century the value of insects has been shown in court cases regarding criminal cases
where body parts were recovered from the water and not just about corpses found on
This branch of forensic science has been developing in the Western countries
where cooperation between academics and practitioners is at its highest level and its
use has shown positive results in crime-solving. The purpose of this paper is to show
the importance of forensic entomology in crime-solving and present the scientific
and practical use.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Angelina Sanojoska
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2021 08:22
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2021 08:22

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