Lesson 5: Hair Identificationby: Laura M. Sanders Arndt

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Crime scene evidence can include strands of human hair, an unidentified animal pelt, or animal hair on the ground near a suspected poaching. Hairs that look alike with the naked eye can become distinctly different when viewed under the microscope. In this lesson, students will use the microscope to draw and describe the structure of hair from classmates and other mammal species. Based on observations, they will use reference materials to compare similarities and differences in the hair. Finally, they will determine how hair can be used as evidence for a crime. This free selection includes reproducible instructional materials, the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.

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  • on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:18 AM

This book chapter gives very explicit directions on how to identify types of hair from humans and animals. The lab write up is very detailed.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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