Law Enforcement has used forensic science for years help solve puzzling crimes. But not to many people know just how long the art of forensic science has been around for example evidence of fingerprints were found in paintings & prehistoric rock carvings made by humans .
The chinese have probably used forensics much longer than most civilizations. For example back in the 700’s they used fingerprints to find out the identity of documents ; clay sculptures. What made this unusual was that there was no form of classification system back then. They were pretty much learning as they went along. They probably helped out today’s forensics more than we actually know .
Another step in forensics by the chinese was in 1248bc a book was written called Hsi Duan Yu- The washing away of wrongs. This booked described in detail in the differences found in a human body when someone was strangled compared to when someone had drowned. This book is believed to be the first written record of medical forensic science to help solve crimes.
The 1600’s were a time in human history where man was coming out of the dark ages ; started to concentrate more on science than witchcraft. This is why starting with the 1600’s there have been so many leaps forward in forensic science. For instance in 1609 Francios Demelle of France published the first treatise on systematic document examination. In 1686 Marcello Malpighi, who was a professor of anatomy at the university of Bologna, documented the different characteristics of fingerprints.