Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

The population, transfer and persistence of fibres on the skin of living subjects

R. Palmer & H. Burch. Science & Justice, 49(4), pp. 259-264. (2009).

Abstract

Fibres were transferred to the bare arms of living subjects and their persistence determined at intervals up to 24 h, during which normal daily activity was undertaken. Decay curves showed an initial rapid loss followed by an apparently exponential decay. No target fibres were found to remain after 24 h. The length distribution showed a shift towards shorter fibre lengths and the differential shedding results for a polyester/cotton mixture showed a small bias towards the retention of cotton. The population of coloured fibres on bare skin was classified according to perceived colour, length, generic class and the presence or absence of delustrant.

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