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Forensic Sci Int. 2004 Sep 10;144(2-3):259-63.

The history of forensic entomology in German-speaking countries.

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  • 1Institute of Legal Medicine, University-Hospital-Eppendorf, Butenfeld 34, D-22529 Hamburg, Germany.


Megnin's book "La fauna des cadaveres" published in 1894 in France is generally accepted as a mile-stone in forensic entomology. It is hardly known that at the same time this topic was likewise explored in the German-speaking countries. Even PMI estimation based on developmental data of blowflies was performed. After a more descriptive period in the first half of the 20th century the complexity and variability of insects' biological behavior were detected and formally investigated. Improved technical facilities, enhanced comprehension of scientific studies and multidisciplinary cooperation, enabled rapid progress in forensic entomology during the last decades. With the European Association for Forensic Entomology founded in 2002 the frame work for a high standard of competency at an international level was constituted.

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