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On the Tuesday 18 June, a number of Year 9 boys visited Deakin Geelong Waterfront campus to partake in a forensics program “Who done it?” We were privileged enough to experience first-hand what it was like to be a forensic scientist for the day. We looked at the specific areas of entomology, osteology, dactylography and botany. Whilst we were briefed on these areas of forensics, we were told about a murder and needed to apply forensics to find the murderer, murder weapon and when the murder occurred.
During the entomology lab, we looked at the different development stages of maggots and how to use them to determine the time of death. To wrap up the entomology we watched maggots racing. Secondly we looked at the study of botany which included looking at flowers but more importantly pollen. By looking at pollen we could find out where someone has been due to the presence of pollen on their body. For example the murder victim’s girlfriend was a florist and there was a presence of pollen of the types of flowers she works with at the scene, indicating she had been at the scene.
We followed on with osteology and dactylography. Osteology is the study of bones. As forensics scientist we were looking at the murder victim’s skull, tibia and femur. By looking at the jaw line, eye socket and nose we can find out whether the victim is male or female and their ethnicity. Dactylography is the study of fingerprints and it is used every day by forensic scientists. Using dactylography we looked at the different types of fingerprints there are and compared them to the finger prints that were found on the murder weapon and various other things found at the crime scene.
By combining all of these methods we were able to discover who the culprit was, during the process of the day we learned that we should never make assumptions when being a forensic scientist.
On behalf of all the boys who attended, we would like to say thank you to Miss Richardson, Miss Rapson and Deakin University who contributed to a great day of learning.
Jake Ioannou and Gasper Chan