Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 1994)

    Artefact in Forensic Medicine: Postmortem Rodent Activity

    (Received 4 March 1993; accepted 7 July 1993)


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    The human body may be attacked by a variety of animals. It is a potential source of confounding marks for forensic practitioners when unmasking criminal activity. A case that posed some problems for the crime scene investigators on discovering a dead body indoors, which had both ears missing is discussed. The suspicion initially was that of homicidal mutilation of the corpse. A general awareness of artefactual postmortem animal activity may avoid their misinterpretation. This short report acknowledges a persistent paucity in the forensic literature on the subject of human remains and postmortem animal activity.

    Author Information:

    Patel, F
    Forensic Pathologist, UMDS Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, University of London, London,

    Stock #: JFS13594J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13594J

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    Title Artefact in Forensic Medicine: Postmortem Rodent Activity
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30