Forensic Entomology


Have you ever wondered how scientists use flies to catch murders? This experiment introduces students into the world of forensic entomology. In this experiment students record the conditions of livers under various conditions and the corresponding fly activity. Students will learn to calculate the accumulated degree hour data to determine the current life stage of the fly maggots. Using worksheets, students graph and analyze data to determine patterns that could be useful in real life forensic cases. (Worksheets are located at the bottom of the web page)

There is also an associated (age restricted) video with actual footage from a “Body Farm” in Texas, and an audio interview with a forensic entomologist. Exercise viewer discretion.

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