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Post-mortal lesions in freshwater environment

Vanin, Stefano and Zancaner, Silvano (2011) Post-mortal lesions in freshwater environment. Forensic Science International, 212 (1-3). e18-e20. ISSN 03790738

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Abstract

Postmortem animal feeding activity may cause considerable damage to bodies resulting in the modification of wounds, loss of identifying features and injury. Certain postmortem lesions may appear inflicted or non-inflicted antemortem injuries. At present, apart from cases in sea water, no data are available about post mortal lesions performed by aquatic organisms. This note that represents the first report concerning colonisation of a dead body by crustaceans a few hours after death, describes injuries caused by the amphipod Niphargus elegans on the face, and in particular on the eye region, of a young man dead by drowning.

The lesions recorded in this case are comparable with the lesions caused by ants. The high plasticity in the food choice can allow Amphipoda to colonise drowning bodies in every moment after dead, however the benthonic behaviour of these animals suggests a more important role in the colonisation during post-mortem submersion periods.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences > Forensic Biology Research Group
Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 10:21
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2013 15:37
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11608

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