…The finding sparks a major mystery in the story of human evolution. All previous evidence – and there’s an awful lot of previous evidence – had suggested the first anatomically modern humans emerged from archaic Homo sapiens about 200,000 years ago, and then only in Africa. So what are teeth that apparently belong to an anatomically modern human doing in an Israeli cave 400,000 years ago?
Wales Tonight (Video available in UK only)
The forensic science service in Chepstow will close its doors for the last time today.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has announced that he will introduce legislation to reform the forensic science field early next year.
…Here’s a draft of the proposed legislation:
KOB.com New Mexico
Wednesday morning the FBI will start moving Albuquerque’s DNA crime lab to Santa Fe. They’re doing it despite the fact that Governor-elect Susana Martinez says she’ll move it right back to Albuquerque next week.
St. Louis Today
As science continues to play a larger role in crime solving, St. Louis Police Department scientists are getting out of the lab and into the streets, while other area departments are expanding their facilities.
The Globe and Mail Canada
…The centre features several labs, including an autopsy facility. Like other areas of the lab, it operates behind high-level security consistent with police standards, so evidence can be properly protected…
SF Weekly Blog
Perhaps not, according to an interesting report published yesterday by California Watch.
The Age.com Australia
SCIENTISTS say they have developed a simple forensic test that can use blood collected from a crime scene to estimate the age of a suspect.
Last year alone, the University of North Texas Health Science Center processed 700 unidentified samples in Fort Worth. It is the Texas clearinghouse for missing-persons cases and one of a half-dozen or so across the country.
HOME Secretary Theresa May faces a New Year grilling over the decision to close the world-renowned Forensic Science Service to save cash.
Daily Mail Reporter UK
A skull long believed to be that of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly may in fact be that of a notorious British murderer thought to have been Jack the Ripper.
A 400-year-old skull that researchers say belonged to celebrated French King Henri IV was donated Thursday to a descendant – the prince who heads the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France for two centuries.
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 27, 2010 09:10 AM
Steve O’Dell’s evidence has convicted criminals. It has helped detectives identify robbers, rapists and thieves.
In Iraq, as part of a training team sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department, the Phoenix forensics expert joined an international team of scientists to train Iraqi police on the same crime-scene investigation procedures.
thenews.pl, Source: Kurier Poranny
In only the seventh known case of its kind in the world, twins born in the north of Poland were conceived by two different fathers.
The Associated Press, Tuesday, December 28, 2010; 9:26 AM LONDON
More than 30 leading international scientists Tuesday warned the British government that planned closure of its high-profile forensics science center would hurt Britain’s crime-fighting capacity.