Normal and taphonomic arthropod population survey in Holliston, Massachusetts
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In medicolegal death investigations, the collective endeavors of forensic anthropology and entomology are sometimes essential in determining the postmortem interval. Since organisms belonging to the class Insecta are the most abundant on Earth, their frequent appearance at death scenes have made entomological studies increasingly important for the field of forensic anthropology. In addition, arthropod diversity will vary depending upon the geographic location therefore entomological data collected from one scene may not be applicable at another. This study will attempt to document entomological specimens collected from both porcine remains and the area enclosed by the Boston University Forensic Anthropology Research Training Center in Holliston, Massachusetts. The intent is to reveal which species of arthropods populate the area, and which of those, particularly flies, are of forensic significance.
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