Stable Isotope Analysis: Hair and Nails
Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science
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Meier-Augenstein, W. and Kemp, H. F. 2012. Stable Isotope Analysis: Hair and Nails. Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. .
- Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
While bone and teeth provide a long-term stable isotope record of a person's life history measured in years (see Stabel Isotope Analysis: Bone and Teeth), stable isotope profiles of hair and nail can yield information on a person's recent life circumstance up to 15 months into a person's past. Since hair and nail samples can be collected noninvasively, stable isotope profiles of these tissues may also be used to reveal information on recent geographic movement in living people. This information may prove useful to check on the veracity of a suspect's statement about their recent geographic movements.
- forensic intelligence;
- geographic movement;
- geographic origin;
- human provenance;
- isotope ratio;
- people trafficking;
- victim identification;
- stable isotope profile