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Damage or wear to type, resulting in a defective impression. Because each battered type creates a unique impression, Hinman, Blayney, and others have successfully used evidence from ...

Dinosaurs

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Encyclopedia of Evolution

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences, Social sciences, Anthropology
Length:
3,672 words
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2

...the “margin-headed” ornithischians, and it includes two distinctive groups. Pachycephalosaurs are the “thick-headed” ornithischians. They evolved high domes of thickened bones over the top of the brain. Mechanical analyses suggest that pachycephalosaurs used their heads as battering rams, probably in battles for mates and territory. The ceratopsians are the horned ornithischians. Early ceratopsians were relatively small, like the early ornithopods and pachycephalosaurs, but the later forms were were rhino-sized animals that reverted to locomotion on all...

Weasels, Mink, and Polecats

Weasels, Mink, and Polecats   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Mammals (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
5,199 words
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5

...into direct rivalry with otters. On the benefit side, mink have such a wide choice of prey that they can normally turn to alternatives if one type of prey becomes scarce; such an option is closed to specialists. The adaptability of mink is reflected in the variety of habitats in which they thrive – from the arctic wastes of Alaska to the swamps of the Florida Keys; from inland lakes and rivers to the wave-battered rocks of the Atlantic coast. Johnny D. S. Birks Weasel, Mink, and Polecat Species Two species of weasel are sufficiently distinct to be placed...

murder

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
1,441 words

...as in deaths from gunshot or stab wounds, burning, and bludgeoning. When an individual is battered to death, there will be a lot of blood at the scene and defensive wounds on the victim's arms. The instrument used will often leave a discernible pattern on the body. Murder by burning — which is rare — causes contraction of the muscles; the presence of soot or carbon monoxide in the lungs indicates that the victim was alive when the fire began. Stab wounds show the type of blade used and its length; extensive superficial wounding usually indicates suicide....

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