A history of southern African research relevant to forensic entomology

Williams, K.A. and Villet, M.H. (2006) A history of southern African research relevant to forensic entomology. South African Journal of Science, 102 (1 & 2). pp. 59-65. ISSN 0038-2353




Entomological forensic evidence has been used in southern Africa for decades but explicitly forensic research began in southern Africa only 26 years ago. Although applicable local research has accumulated since 1921, it is scattered in a diverse literature or unpublished. Some overseas research has also touched on local species. This review uses a historical approach to synthesize the southern African literature and to illustrate the cross-disciplinary, opportunistic nature of forensic entomology. Distinct phases of research focused on agriculture (1921-1950), medicine (1952- 1965), ecology (1968-1990) and forensics (1980-2005), but systematics spanned the entire period and tended to be ad hoc. Few scientists were involved, situated at geographically distant locations and with widely disparate research interests. The review concludes with an overview of southern African entomologists who have been involved in medico-legal investigations, and a critical evaluation of the past and future of the discipline locally.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Review article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Southern Africa; forensic entomology; forensic entomologists; medico-legal investigation
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:338
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:03 Oct 2006
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