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Great Moments in Forensics History
Or, This DNA stuff ain't making things any easier for us criminals, y'know

Criminal forensics (as opposed to regular forensics, which deals with speech and debate, and so also trades in lethality) has been a developing science for over two millenia, creating not only more things for law enforcement types to do at work, but a more intelligent brand of criminal as well. I don't know if you've ever tried to plot the perfect crime, but it seems like a good first step is to go back in time. You want to do so much as knock over a bank these days, you've really got to plan ahead, and collect all those bits of your hair, skin, and fingernails you dropped on the way in.

Of course, as long as there has been crime, there's been someone trying to figure out how to stop it. Here's a chronological list of what the traps have come up with over the last two thousand years. It starts, and goes on for quite a while, with those annoying little giveaways, the fingerprints:

Since then, it's mainly been improvements in software, storage, and image recognition software. There have been countless other developments throughout the history of the field, but that still doesn't change the fact that if someone takes your wallet, that's pretty much it.

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