The scientific basis for human bitemark analyses - A critical review

I. A. Pretty, D. Sweet

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    This article presents a discussion of the scientific basis for human bitemark analyses. Using a review of the literature, the major areas of contention within the field are assessed: including the accuracy of bitemarks on skin, the uniqueness of the human dentition, and analytical techniques. The review revealed a lack of valid evidence to support many of the assumptions made by forensic dentists during bitemark comparisons. The new level of judicial scrutiny of such scientific evidence is likely to emphasise this lack of knowledge upon which bitemark analysis relies. The authors call for a more scientific and evidence-based approach to forensic dental research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-92
    Number of pages7
    JournalScience and Justice
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Bitemarks
    • Forensic dentistry
    • Forensic science
    • Odontology
    • Review
    • Uniqueness
    • Validity


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