I thought it would be interesting to construct a timeline of the important activities and changes in forensic science over the decades, but was astounded to discover the first use of a forensic medical examination to determine cause of death was made way back in 44 BC.
Apparently, the surgeon who examined the body of Julius Caesar after his assignation decided, as a result of an autopsy, that although Caesar had been stabbed 23 times, only one wound was fatal!
I wonder whose hand held that particular knife.
I also discovered that fingerprints were used for identity purposes as far back in history as the 600s. It seems Arabic traders attached copies of fingerprints to bills to identify the debtor. A hundred years later, in the 700s, Chinese officials were using fingerprint analysis to identify owners of documents and clay tablets.
I’ll be adding to this timeline on a regular basis, so check back in a month to see what came next in the field of forensic advances.