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Indian Journal of Forensic Odontology

Volume  9, Issue 1,  January - June 2016, Pages 35-39


Review Article

Bite Marks Analysis: An Insight in Human Identification
Akhilanand Chaurasia*, Divyajeet Goel**
*Assistant Professor, **Junior Resident, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George’s Medical Unniversity, Lucknow.
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 The first scientific report on bite mark analysis is published by Sorup. He coined the term “odontoscopy” for bite mark identification analogous to the fingerprint identification called dactyloscopy. The exact identification of a living person using individual traits and characteristics of the teeth and jaws is the basis of bite mark analysis in forensic odontology. The bite marks left on a person may be used to identify the suspects. Bite mark identification is based on the individuality of a dentition which is used to match a bite mark to a suspected person. One can exactly match the bite marks to the accused biter’s dentition. The forensic odontologist should be quite careful while giving opinion regarding the origin of the bite mark and the identification of the criminal on the basis of bite mark evidence. The conviction whether the accused is the biter or not is based on the expert testimony of the forensic odontologist after matching a bite mark with that of the dentition of the accused. 

Keywords: Bite Mark Analysis; Bite Mark; Criminal Bite; Forensic Odontology.

Corresponding Author : Akhilanand Chaurasia*