Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Insect anatomy. 3. The insect fat body. 4. Use of DNA in forensic entomology. 5. Forensic entomological decomposition. 6. Introduction to arthropods. Bibliography. Index.
Entomology is rooted in nearly all human cultures from prehistoric times, primarily in the context of agriculture (especially biological control and beekeeping), but scientific study began only as recently as the sixteenth century. The list of entomologists through recorded history is enormous, and includes such notable figures as Charles Darwin, Vladimir Nabokov, Karl von Frisch, and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner E. O. Wilson. In an experiment famous as much for its demonstration of scientific method as for its contribution to entomology, Francesco L. Redi (1668) studied rotting meat that was either exposed to or protected from flies. From his analysis of subsequent blow fly infestation, he refuted the hypothesis of the spontaneous generation of life. This book will serve as a valuable reference source on this subject and would be of great importance for the students, teachers and researchers.