Unusual Documents

The term "document" should be considered loosely as it does not solely refer to a piece of paper - it can be anything bearing some handwritten or machine generated inscription including loose leaf sheets of paper, notebooks, adhesive labels, specimen jars, canvasses, photographs, artwork, animal hides, skin, bones, egg shells, walls, train carriages, cars, clothing, and so on.  Some of our more unusual "documents" examination requests have been in respect of tattoos on body parts, safe combinations etched into timber, and identification codes on mammalian skulls.

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 By way of example of the variable nature of a document, in this case, FDS was asked to examine a large collection of stolen mammalian skulls that originally contained handwritten codes identifying which species they belonged to.  The thief attempted to physically erase the mu