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Author Stejskal, Susan M., author.

Title Death, decomposition, and detector dogs : from science to scene / Susan M. Stejskal
Published Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents 1. Know the nose -- 2. Forensic taphonomy : breaking down is hard to do -- 3. Bugs, bodies, and beyond -- 4. Making sense out of scent : the A, B, C, Ds -- 5. Earth, wind, and odor -- 6. Teaching old dogs new tricks using new technology -- 7. A picture is worth a thousand words -- 8. Beginning of the end
Summary Overview: Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs: From Science to Scene is designed to help police investigators and Human Remains Detection K9 handlers understand the basics of forensic taphonomy (decomposition) and how to most effectively use a human remains detection (HRD) K9 as a locating tool. The book covers basic anatomy and the physiology of canine olfaction along with some of the unique characteristics that allow a dog to work. Using concise and understandable explanations along with numerous photographs, the book covers the stages of decomposition and how they are affected by the environment; what is currently understood about the chemical profile of odor from human remains; how weather, topography, ground cover and terrain can affect odor dispersion; and different types of mapping and weather data that can be used before and during deployment of the HRD K9. The final chapter ties it all together by providing case reports about decedents who have been found in different locations in a variety of environmental conditions. By learning how these variables can affect how and what is found, handlers and investigators will be better prepared to meet the challenges of their jobs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 18, 2021)
Subject Forensic taphonomy.
Human decomposition.
Police dogs.
Detector dogs.
Crime scene searches.
Forensic pathology.
Forensic Pathology
Postmortem Changes
Forensic Anthropology -- methods
Forensic Medicine -- methods
Forensic pathology
Crime scene searches
Detector dogs
Forensic taphonomy
Human decomposition
Police dogs
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781439878385