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Forensic Entomology in Nigeria: The Journey so Far
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Volume 3, 2016
Issue 1 (January)
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Authors
[1]
Ewuim Sylvanus C., Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
[2]
Abajue Maduamaka C., Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
Abstract
This paper examines forensic entomology as a sub-discipline of Entomology with three areas of focus namely urban, stored product, and medico-legal. The insects as object of forensic expression are veritable tools of evidence in civil and criminal investigations in law courts. In retrospect some of the early efforts of forensic entomologists and researchers in the field have currently allowed the use of sophisticated techniques of forensic entomology in the application of insects and arthropodic evidence in legal issues in countries like United States of America, Canada, Russia, France, Germany and Japan, England and India. The advances made by Nigerian researchers in carrion studies so far were discussed. Some important arthropods of forensic importance were discussed. The role of ants not necessarily as forensic indicators but as ecosystem engineers in carrion/corpse decomposition was also highlighted.
Keywords
Forensic Entomology, Insects, Criminal Investigations, Ecosystem Engineering, Nigeria
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