POSTPONED : Anatomy and forensic anthropology: hand in glove

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OLS 19-20 - Anatomy and forensic anthropology: hand in glove

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John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


It’s not just faces and fingerprints that are unique. So are hands – and this is making it possible to catch child abusers on camera.

Variations in the anatomical minutiae of the human hand mean each person’s hands are different, as anatomists have long realised. The importance of this to forensic human identification is now being demonstrated by Professor Black’s ground-breaking research.

In this lecture, she will look at how research in the field of identification from the hand has assisted in the investigation and prosecution of crimes relating to child sexual abuse. The identification of a perpetrator in ‘first generation’ images is paramount if the vulnerable of society are to be protected and those guilty of the crime brought to justice.

Professor Dame Sue Black is President and a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University. She has been awarded both an OBE and a DBE for her services to forensic anthropology.

This is the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Annual Research Lecture.