The Evolution of Forensics (Dawn of Time- 1200AD)

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In History
  • 100

    BCE Handprints

    BCE Handprints
    Prehistoric (exact date unknown) cave paintings and carvings in many countries, such as France and Spain, depict handprints and fingerprints. They are the first know example of the use of such prints.
  • 100

    BCE Hand Drawing

    BCE Hand Drawing
    A prehistoric (exact date unknown) depiction of a hand was discovered in Nova Scotia. It shows specific ridges, showing human attention to the print's detail.
  • 100

    BCE Signatures

    BCE Signatures
    Fingerprints were used by the ancient Babylonians to sign business deals on clay tablets (exact date unknown).
  • 107

    Hammurabi's Code

    Hammurabi's Code
    In about 1772 BC Hammurabi, a Babylonian king, wrote a set of laws. They consisted strict "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" policies, providing strict punishment (usually death) for criminals. An ancient copy of the code was discovered, and it now lies in the Louvre.
  • 130

    Ancient Thumbprints

    Ancient Thumbprints
    Thumbprints were used in 700 BC era china to identify oneself on important documents. Thumbprints were also found on clay seals. However, no system existed for them to actually identify who's print it was. In modern times, the tradition of signing imporatant documents with a thumbprint still occurs in China.
  • 150

    The Donkey Lie Detector

    The Donkey Lie Detector
    In 500 BC, ancient Indian priests would place possible thieves in a pitch-black tent with a donkey whose tail was covered in ash. The priests told the suspects to pull the donkey's tail, and that if the tail was pulled by a theif the donkey would bray. If a suspect left without soot on his hands, it was presumed that he was guilty and afraid to touch the donkey for fear of being revealed.
  • 227

    The "Eureka" Legend

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    It is said the around 287 BC the Greek philosopher Archimedes used water displacement and weight to prove that a crown was not solid gold.
  • 250

    Greek Lie-detector

    Greek Lie-detector
    Around 250 BCE, Erasistratus (an ancient Greek doctor) discovered that the pulse of his patients was more rapid when they were lying. By figuring this out, he basically developed the first lie detector test.
  • 344

    First Autopsy

    First Autopsy
    In 44 BC, Antistius, a Roman doctor, examined the body of Julius Caesar after he was killed. He discovered that out of 23 stab wounds, it was only the one to the head that ultimately killed him.
  • 490

    First Forensic Dentistry

    First Forensic Dentistry
    Around 49 AD, Agrippina (mother of Roman emperor Nero) identified the magled head of Lollia Paulina, an enemy empress she had had killed, based solely on her recognition of Lollia's discolored front tooth.
  • Jan 1st, 0800

    Commercialization of Arsenic

    Commercialization of Arsenic
    Arsenic oxide was first commercialized in 800 AD, and soon caught on as the go-to poison for the upcoming centuries. Arsenic is a compound created by the processing of ores from lead and iron mining, and it is highly poisonous to humans. Aresenic went on to kill the Borgia family, Pope Alexander VI, George Wythe, and more. It is still sold today as rat poison, and people are still murdered with it.
  • Jan 1st, 1000

    First Forensic Evidence in Court

    First Forensic Evidence in Court
    In 1000 AD, Quintilian, a Roman lawyer, proved that a blind man was being framed for his mother's murder by presenting bloody palm prints as evidence.
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