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Photography of bite marks

Dr Richard Bassed, Dr Pratik Tarvadi, photography of bite marks, distortion, parallax error

How does photography of bite marks lead to further unreliability in bite mark analysis and comparison? Watch Dr Bassed and Dr Tarvadi discuss the challenges with photography of bite mark injuries.

After watching this video, think about any report on bite mark comparison that you have seen in casework. Do you have access to the photographs of bite marks? Reflect on the following points:

  • What was the quality of the photographs? Were these photographs coloured? Was the bite mark clearly visible in these photographs?
  • Are you aware of the time gap between the biting incident and the photography of the bite mark?
  • Was the bite mark inflicted on a curved body part? Were the inherent distortions due to photography visible to you?
  • Were the photographs clicked using ABFO No 2 scale?

Share your reflections in the comments section.

*References for images

Certain images in this video are sourced from ‘Jane A. Taylor and Jules A. Kieser (ed), Forensic odontology: Principles and practice (2016)’.

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