U.S. Geological Survey Home Page USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Science Meetings; dedicated to Chandler S. Robbins USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; Science Meetings dedicated to Chandler S. Robbins Dedicated to Chan Robbins USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; Science Meetings dedicated to Chandler S. Robbins Poster Abstracts from USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Science Meetings, October, 2006
Patuxent Science Meeting 2006 Poster Abstract

Hair identification: Applications and cooperative efforts

Peurach SC

The identification of mammalian hair has many applications within the scientific community, the

military, and in commerce. The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center's Biological Survey

Unit, stationed within the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, performs

identifications of mammalian remains, including the microscopic identification of hair. Cases

are submitted primarily by the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration

in the form of aircraft strike evidence. Cases are also submitted regarding the identification of

mammalian hair from textiles, burial bundles and other artifacts from the Smithsonian

Institution, Department of Anthropology, remains from military runways and grounds collected

by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

(USDA/APHIS), food contaminants from the National Food Processors Association, and items

such as scat, owl pellets, and stomach contents received from the general public, educational

Friday, September 22, 2006



Return to Posters page