Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

International Association of Law and Forensic Sciences

School

Nursing and Midwifery

Comments

This article was originally published as: Gorea, R. K., Jasuja, O. P., Abuderman, A. A., & Gorea, A. (2014). Bite marks on skin and clay: A comparative analysis. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 4(4), 124-128. Original article available here

Abstract

Bite marks are always unique because teeth are distinctive. Bite marks are often observed at the crime scene in sexual and in physical assault cases on the skin of the victims and sometimes on edible leftovers in burglary cases. This piece of evidence is often ignored, but if properly harvested and investigated, bite marks may prove useful in apprehending and successfully prosecuting the criminals. Due to the importance of bite marks, we conducted a progressive randomised experimental study conducted on volunteers. A total of 188 bite marks on clay were studied. Based on these findings, 93.34% of the volunteers could be identified from the bite marks on the clay. In addition, 201 impressions on skin were studied, and out of these cases, 41.01% of the same volunteers could be identified based on the bite mark impressions on the skin.

DOI

10.1016/j.ejfs.2014.09.002

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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