Monthly Archives: December 2010

400,000 year old teeth could rewrite the evolutionary history of our species
…The finding sparks a major mystery in the story of human evolution. All previous evidence – and there’s an awful lot of previous evidence – had suggested the first anatomically modern humans emerged from archaic Homo sapiens about 200,000 years ago, and then only in Africa. So what are teeth that apparently belong to an anatomically modern human doing in an Israeli cave 400,000 years ago?

Forensic Service Closure

Wales Tonight (Video available in UK only)
The forensic science service in Chepstow will close its doors for the last time today.

Federal legislation proposed to reform crime labs

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has announced that he will introduce legislation to reform the forensic science field early next year.
…Here’s a draft of the proposed legislation:

Inventory will delay DNA lab move New Mexico
Wednesday morning the FBI will start moving Albuquerque’s DNA crime lab to Santa Fe. They’re doing it despite the fact that Governor-elect Susana Martinez says she’ll move it right back to Albuquerque next week.

Science continues larger role in crime solving

St. Louis Today
As science continues to play a larger role in crime solving, St. Louis Police Department scientists are getting out of the lab and into the streets, while other area departments are expanding their facilities.

B.C.’s crack team of forensic science

The Globe and Mail Canada
…The centre features several labs, including an autopsy facility. Like other areas of the lab, it operates behind high-level security consistent with police standards, so evidence can be properly protected…

Will Federal Crime Lab Reform Affect California?

SF Weekly Blog
Perhaps not, according to an interesting report published yesterday by California Watch.

Crime-scene blood can reveal suspect’s age

The Australia
SCIENTISTS say they have developed a simple forensic test that can use blood collected from a crime scene to estimate the age of a suspect.

Health science center solves forensic ID mysteries

Last year alone, the University of North Texas Health Science Center processed 700 unidentified samples in Fort Worth. It is the Texas clearinghouse for missing-persons cases and one of a half-dozen or so across the country.

Home secretary facing quiz over shutdown of crime labs
HOME Secretary Theresa May faces a New Year grilling over the decision to close the world-renowned Forensic Science Service to save cash.

Is this the skull of Jack the Ripper… or outlaw Ned Kelly? DNA may solve mystery of the two killers buried near to each other

Daily Mail Reporter UK
A skull long believed to be that of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly may in fact be that of a notorious British murderer thought to have been Jack the Ripper.

Suspected Henri IV head back with heirs

Washington Post
A 400-year-old skull that researchers say belonged to celebrated French King Henri IV was donated Thursday to a descendant – the prince who heads the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France for two centuries.

Phoenix man helps Iraqi police use modern tools

The Arizona Republic, Dec. 27, 2010 09:10 AM
Steve O’Dell’s evidence has convicted criminals. It has helped detectives identify robbers, rapists and thieves.
In Iraq, as part of a training team sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department, the Phoenix forensics expert joined an international team of scientists to train Iraqi police on the same crime-scene investigation procedures.

Twins in Poland have two fathers, Source: Kurier Poranny
In only the seventh known case of its kind in the world, twins born in the north of Poland were conceived by two different fathers.

Leading experts try to save UK forensics lab

The Associated Press, Tuesday, December 28, 2010; 9:26 AM LONDON
More than 30 leading international scientists Tuesday warned the British government that planned closure of its high-profile forensics science center would hurt Britain’s crime-fighting capacity.