Story: Fossils

Forensic testing

Forensic testing

The types of plants and the spores and pollen that settle in the soil of a particular area are unique. Forensic scientists take soil samples from car tyres or shoes and compare it with the soil from a crime scene. A match may link a suspect with the crime. Forensic scientist Dallas Mildenhall carefully collects a sample for pollen analysis.

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Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Uses and collections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006