Historical Routes and Current Practice for Personal Identification

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Abstract

This article is about identification of cadavers and human remains, focusing mainly on the more accepted methods to establish identity. Emphasis is provided on the methods applied to bodies in an advanced state of decomposition and/or skeletonized and the contribution of each sub-discipline in the field of identification, including anthropology, odontology, genetics, imagiology and dactiloscopy. Some insights on the history of personal identification and emerging issues and future perspectives are discussed, such as the need of implementation of best practices to identification and the comparative phase of identification. To do this, is of paramount importance that all the countries adopt a same policy to collect ante and post mortem data, which has been claimed by all international agencies dealing with this subject.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, Centre of Functional Ecology, Department of Life SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.LABANOF, Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology, Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Section of Legal MedicineUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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