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Forensic science timeline
⟶ Updated 13 Oct 2017 ⟶
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Erasistratus and Herophilus performed first autopsies in Alexandria
chinese used fingerprints to established identity of documents and clay sculpture, but without any formal classification system.
250- ancient Greek physicians, observed his patient's pulse rates increase when they lie.
Roman physician examined the body of the recently slain Julius Caesar and determined he was stabbed 23 times.
Germanic and Slavic societies determined the cause of death in crimes.
used fingerprints for the first time.
First forensic science manual published by the Chinese. This was the first known record of medical knowledge being used to solve criminal cases.
First pathology reports published.
German chemist Valentin Ross developed a method of detecting arsenic in a victim's stomach, thus advancing the investigation of poison deaths.
Human blood grouping, ABO, discovered by Karl Landsteiner and adapted for use on bloodstains by Dieter Max Richter.
a system using various measurements of physical features and bones, used throughout the US and Europe. Using the system, a criminal's information could be reduced to a set of numbers.
first recorded instance of physical matching of evidence leading to a murder conviction (John Toms, England).
First school of forensic science founded by Rodolphe Archibald Reiss, in Switzerland.
lie detection invented.
Technology speeds up DNA profiling time, from 6-8 weeks to between 1-2 days.
A way for scientists to visualize fingerprints even after the print has been removed is developed, relating to how fingerprints can corrode metal surfaces.
Michigan state university develops software that automatically matches hand-drawn facial sketches to mug shots stored in databases.
Japanese researchers develop a dental x-ray matching system. This system can automatically match dental x-rays in a database, and makes a positive match in less than 4 seconds.
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