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NATURE: Crime Scene Creatures
Aired:
06/01/2008
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How animal and plant behavior in and around crime scenes can reveal evidence compelling enough to win convictions.

 


A skeleton can provide much more than bare bones information for crime solvers thanks to a variety of animals and plants.A skeleton can provide much more than bare bones information for crime solvers, thanks to a variety of animals and plants.

 

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Crime Scene Creatures

Aired Sunday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV

Here’s a puzzling question: With all the forensic detective shows on television these days, how come there are so few roles for squirrels, rats, maggots, crows, pollen grains and single-cell plants? 

NATURE corrects this glaring oversight with the premiere of “Crime Scene Creatures,” a film that details the fast-growing contribution of wildlife to the world of crime forensics. “In the natural world, there is virtually no such thing as a crime without witnesses,” observes Fred Kaufman, executive producer of NATURE “This film shows how the behavior of animals and plants in and around crime scenes can help reveal evidence compelling enough to win convictions.”  

The role of forensics in solving crimes is not new. The first recorded use of insects for this purpose dates back to the 13th century in China. But in the Western world, it wasn’t until the mid-19th century, when police in Paris used a physician’s knowledge of insects to help solve a murder, that crime fighters began to recognize that various creatures could become their allies in detection. 

Today, with forensic researchers rapidly expanding their knowledge of how various life forms react to the impact criminals and their victims make on their environments, the science of forensics has reached new levels of sophistication — even beyond what television dramas commonly portray.  

Step behind the yellow tape and become prime witnesses to the myriad of ways in which Crime Scene Creatures are making it increasingly difficult for criminals to get away with murder. more on this program...   


 
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