…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?
Monthly Archives: December 2010
Wales Tonight (Video available in UK only)
The forensic science service in Chepstow will close its doors for the last time today.
KOB.com 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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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.