Rosemary wrote:I am taking a science research class and would like some help in the field of hair decompostion and how that could possibly be used in a forensics project. I was wondering if this has been done before, and if it is possible for a highschool student to do it. Also, is there any special equipment involved?
Rosemary wrote:I did some more research and found a paper on exactly what i want to do. He studied how hair still attached to cadavers decomposes. Does hair on a hairbrush decompose the same or differently than hair on a corpse? I cant find that on the internet. Im assuming it does, but i dont know how differently. Since I am just starting out in research, I will probably use hair off of a hair brush or one plucked from my head. If I wanted to study how it decomposes in water, air and underground, what special equipment do I need?
Rosemary wrote:I am in highschool and was wondering, for my project, if it is possible for me to obtain human head hair from a dead cadaver.
I am in highschool and was wondering, for my project, if it is possible for me to obtain human head hair from a dead cadaver.
wildfirefox wrote:Here's some suggestions for you for your project:
Cadaver's hair can be obtained through the morgues from your local hospitals and police forensic labs. You have to contact the representatives to get the permission. Since it's for science, they're more than willing to cooperate with you. You can also try the local morticians. As they prep the bodies, some hair get tangled with the equipment, or the decomposing hair will fall off naturally due to weak cellular adhesion in the scalp.
Rather than focusing on human hair, you can also focus on animal hair. Remember, the cellular structure of fur and human hair is similar. Hair and fur are composed of dead cells.
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