Estimation of the Time Since Death: Current Research and Future Trends

Jarvis Hayman (Editor), Marc Oxenham (Editor)

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Estimation of the Time Since Death is a current comprehensive work on the methods and research advances into the time since death and human decomposition. This work provides practitioners a starting point for research and practice to assist with the identification and analysis of human remains. It contains a collection of the latest scientific research, various estimation methods, and includes case studies, to highlight methodological application to real cases.
This reference first provides an introduction, including the early postmortem period, biochemical methods, and the value of entomology in estimating the time since death, along with other factors affecting the decomposition process. Further coverage explores importance of microbial communities in estimating time since death. Separate chapters on aquatic environments, carbon 14 dating and amino acid racemization, and total body scoring will round out the reference. The final chapter ties together the various themes in the context of the longest running human decomposition facility in the world and outlines future research directions.
● Chapters are written by practicing pathologists, physical anthropologists and scientists in related fields and include their latest research on the topics, as well as relevant case studies. This book is a one of a kind resource for researchers and practitioners alike in determining the time since death in decomposing human remains.
● The first comprehensive reference bringing together all aspects of knowledge relating to the estimation of the postmortem interval in decomposed human bodies
● Contains real case studies to underscore key estimation concepts
● Demonstrates the changing role of technology and advances in the estimation of time since death
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages268
ISBN (Electronic)9780128163689
ISBN (Print)9780128157312
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2020


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