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It fills a void in the resources available to researchers and practitioners in forensic hair examination by providing photographic archetypes for the microscopic characteristics of human hair and the variates of the characteristics seen in forensic examinations, including curl; color; pigment distribution and density; cortical fusi; and ovoid bodies. These illustrations provide a uniform basis for describing the characteristics and their variations for forensic professionals in differing geographical areas. The documentation of hair characteristics using the scoring system outlined in this atlas allows researchers to develop data regarding the frequency of characteristics within the hairs of one or more individuals and the assessment of whether certain hair characteristics are co-dependent.
Table of Contents
Introduction Scope and Function of the Atlas Terminology Individualization of Physical Evidence Numerical Scoring of Hairs Materials and Methods Human Hair Macroscopic Characteristics Hair Form Degree of Hair Curl Shaft Length Human Hair Microscopic Characteristics Color Pigment Density Pigment Granule Size Pigment Distribution Pigment Aggregate Shape Pigment Aggregate Size Medulla Continuity Medulla Opacity Cuticle Thickness Inner Cuticle Margin Outer Cuticle Scale Profile Cuticle Surface Pigment in Cuticle Cortical Texture Cortical Fusi Ovoid Bodies Root Growth Stage Distal Tip Characteristics Maximum Shaft Diameter Shaft Aberration Hair Treatments Hair Diseases and Disorders Miscellaneous Characteristics Insect, Arachnid, and Fungal Presence and Damage Cross-Section Characteristic Variates Shaft Cross-Section Shape Cross-Section Cuticle Thickness Cross-Section Pigment Density Cross-Section Pigment Granule Size Cross-Section Pigment Distribution Cross-Section Cortical Texture Human Hair Microscopic Characteristics: Photographs and Drawings of Variate Archetypes and Examples Color Pigment Density Pigment Granule Size Pigment Distribution Pigment Aggregate Shape Pigment Aggregate Size Medulla Continuity Medulla Opacity Cuticle Thickness Inner Cuticle Margin Outer Cuticle Scale Profile Cuticle Surface Pigment in Cuticle Cortical Texture Cortical Fusi Ovoid Bodies Root Growth Stage Distal Tip Characteristics Shaft Aberration Hair Treatments Hair Diseases and Disorders Miscellaneous Characteristics Insect/Arachnid/Fungal Presence and Damage Cross-Section Shape Cross-Section Pigment Distribution Human Hair Types The Human Hair Type Regional Human Hair Characteristic Variates References Appendix I: Glossary of Hair Terminology Appendix II: Bibliography of Forensic Hair Examination
"The Atlas fills a long-overdue need to put information in front of hair analyst." --John D. Shane, McCrone Research Institute, The Microscope
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