The Australian John Ross May 28, 2015
Scientists have a 430,000-year-old cold case on their hands, after analyses of fossils in a famous Spanish cave revealed evidence of the world’s first known murder victim.
Forensic reconstruction of a skull found in the Sima de los Huesos, or “pit of bones”, suggests it belonged to a homicide victim.
An international research team, which spent 20 years piecing the skull together from 52 fragments, says two fractures above the left eye were caused by “blunt force trauma”.
“The type of injuries, their location, the similarity of the fractures and the different orientations and implied trajectories suggest they were produced with the same object in face-to-face conflict,” the researchers report today in the journal PLOS ONE. “This represents the earliest clear case of deliberate, lethal interpersonal aggression in the (human) fossil record.”
PLOS ONE article link
3D Print | April 28, 2015 | Hannah Rose Mendoza
The benefits of 3D technologies aren’t reserved only for the living. The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s (VIFM) Medico-Legal Death Investigation in Australia are working to demonstrate the benefits of producing 3D prints to serve as evidence in court. Members of their investigative team are regularly called upon to provide evidence and expert testimony in cases ranging from car accidents to homicide.
The forensic radiology team at the VIFM incorporated a CT scanner into the mortuary in 2005 and in the years since each deceased individual to be admitted to the institute has been scanned and the images stored in a growing database. Having the CT scanner on site has become a regular part of the routine at VIFM and has contributed to a reduction in the number of unnecessary autopsies performed there. In some cases, this means that the families who have lost their loved ones can have the remains returned to them in a much more timely fashion while also minimizing the need for invasive operations. While this may seem a small comfort during a time of loss, it is a comfort nonetheless. Continue reading…
Clinical decision support tool and educational resource for diagnostic imaging hosted by the Government of Western Australia. Includes comprehensive Imaging Pathways (e.g. cancer staging) and algorithms, online Radiation Training Module, representative images and Normal Anatomy 3D images and videos.
While primarily for radiologists and medical professionals referring patients for diagnostic imaging it may be of some interest to Forensic and Anatomical Pathologists. It includes images of normal anatomy as well as cancer staging and trauma pathways includingradiographs, CT images, post-mortem specimens and some histological sections.
It incorporates a Radiation Training Module.
Click here to open Diagnostic Imaging Pathways
BBC News 21 January 2015
Forensic science standards risk slipping since work was transferred to in-house police labs and private firms, the spending watchdog has warned.
The National Audit Office said there was too little data on forensic services used by forces and companies risked being pushed out of the market.
View full-text of National Audit Office report (12 pp)
Privatisation of forensic services ‘threat to justice’ and putting the work in police hands would be ‘disastrous,’ warn experts (The Independent)
The Independent [UK] Charlie Cooper 31 December 2014
A new firm is offering families digital autopsies rather than invasive procedures. Mr Ash Govind is the vice- president of a company called iGene. A year ago, it opened the UK’s first centre for digital autopsy – post-mortems carried out with a scanner, not a scalpel.
iGene – an offshoot of the Malaysian tech company Infovalley – now has three digital autopsy centres in England at Sheffield, Bradford and Sandwell. Each is equipped with CT scanners like those used to scan patients in hospitals. It is planning to open up in London, Wales and other areas in the near future.