Study sheet for second exam


1. Know how you can tell if a death occurred by drowning.

2. Know what you can tell about a crime using diatom evidence

3. Know where you can find diatoms (and where you can find diatom evidence)

4. Know what affects diatom variability

5. Know where in the body you might find diatom evidence and what this means

6. Know what a "positive test" is with relationship to diatoms

7. Know the four reasons for possible drowning discussed in class

8. Know the components of a diatom net (a.k.a. plankton net)


1. Know where pollen is produced in a flower

2. Know why pollen may be important in solving a crime

3. Know why certain pollens are more important in solving a crime

4. Know why sometimes pollen evidence is of no help in solving a crime

5. Know what you did (or was done) to observe your specimens on the SEM

6. Know which type of pollen is more important than other types for forensic science

Stomach contents

1. What things can you tell from the stomach contents of a person after death?

2. Can stomach contents be examined prior to death?

3. What food types are more useful for a person to have consumed prior to death and why?

4. Know different cell types often found in stomach contents

5. Know why some foods are of little help in forensics





Pollen rain



autogamous plants

zoogamous plants

anemophilous plants


Review questions for the third Advanced Forensics exam on Monday, November 23, 2009


What are some of the properties of skin that make bite mark evidence difficult to analyze.

What evidence can be recovered from a bite mark.

How is bite mark evidence recovered.

Know tooth anatomy and which part of the tooth is more important to forensic science

Be able to identify the different types of teeth if given a diagram of both adult and juvenile dentition.

Know how bite mark evidence is collected.

Know how to document bite mark evidence.

Know how to determine age, height, and sex using skeletal evidence.

Know which bones are most useful in forensic investigations and why.

Know how bones are used to determine cause of death

Know how bones are useful in identification of skeletal evidence

Know how to cast a footprint or any other type of forensic evidence

Know how impressions are used in forensic science

Know the difference between class and individualized evidence with regard to impressions.

Know anything else we talked about in class that I did not put on this list! ;-)

Pay particular attention to the reading assignment referring to bite mark evidence that is on my webpage.