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Body farms have been crucial tools in teaching scientists and investigators how to accurately determine cause of death and time since death, literally making the difference in life and death justice decisions. Today on the blog, we're looking at a new body farm that will specifically study the specialized conditions around cold weather decomposition.

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7,000 coffins are discovered on the University of Mississippi campus. What dark history lead to their presence and how will the university use its own past to learn about a unique angle of history and medicine? The Legacy of Mississippi Life... and Death

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A recent study has shown that fingerprints can actually crawl across certain surfaces, changing shape. What does this mean during a criminal investigation? Crawling Fingerprints

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It's mystery week at Goodreads! To celebrate we're giving away multiple copies of the first book in both the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries and the FBI K-9s. Stop by the blog today for links to the giveaways! It's Mystery Week at Goodreads!

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Normally, measuring the decreasing body temperature of a deceased victim is a dependable way to determine time since death. But a recent study shows that sometimes a body's temperature will mysteriously rise after death complicating a suspicious death investigation. How could this impact the hunt for a killer? A New Complication in Determining Time Since Death

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As we're planning our next FBI K-9s mystery, a few thoughts about the privilege of authorial control in an otherwise crazy world: The Privilege of Authorial Control

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British scientists have taken the remains of a man buried over 800 years ago in Cambridge and have not only revealed his face, but can also tell us his life story simply from his bones: 'After the Plague' - A Medieval Reconstruction

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How can learning about plagues like the Great Plague of London in 1665 inform our future to save millions of lives? Like an episode of Numb3rs, mathematicians are finding ways to model past catastrophic deaths to stop the next killer plague: Puzzles in the Pattern of Plague

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The Old North Church in Boston is turning 300 years old and archeologists are looking for hidden human remains in the basement. Stop by the blog today to find out why and what their excavation uncovered. The Old North Church - Looking Ahead

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As Boston's City Archeology Program starts a new excavation in the Old North Church, we look back at our early choice in the Abbott and Lowell series to set this location as Matt's forensic anthropology project, and look at some fascinating history of the church and early Boston. Excavating the Old North Church—Looking Back