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Daniel Martín-Vega
University of Alcalá
54Publications
12H-index
361Citations
Publications 54
Newest
M. J. R. Hall20
Estimated H-index: 20
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History),
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá)
Metamorphosis and, in particular, holometaboly, the development of organisms through a series of discrete stages (egg, larva, pupa, adult) that hardly resemble one another but are finely adapted to...
Published on May 31, 2019in International Journal of Legal Medicine 2.09
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá),
Arturo Baz Ramos16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Alcalá)
+ 2 AuthorsLuisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá)
Baseline data on the insect successional patterns on carcasses can be a valuable estimation tool in the investigations of suspicious deaths, particularly when the post-mortem interval is longer than months or years. However, although carrion insect succession is a recurrent topic in forensic science research, the duration of the published studies is typically shorter than 1 year, with only one published study from central Europe documenting successional patterns beyond the first year of decompos...
Published on Dec 1, 2018in Scientific Reports 4.01
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá),
Amin Garbout7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Natural History Museum)
+ 4 AuthorsM. J. R. Hall20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Natural History Museum)
Some parasites are able to manipulate the behaviour of their hosts to their own advantage. One of the most well-established textbook examples of host manipulation is that of the trematode Dicrocoelium dendriticum on ants, its second intermediate host. Infected ants harbour encysted metacercariae in the gaster and a non-encysted metacercaria in the suboesophageal ganglion (SOG); however, the mechanisms that D. dendriticum uses to manipulate the ant behaviour remain unknown, partly because of a la...
Jess Thompson (University of Cambridge), Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá)
+ 3 AuthorsCaroline Malone9
Estimated H-index: 9
Abstract Taphonomic modifications to Neolithic human skeletal remains from six rock-cut tombs in Malta has provided key information about funerary practices and the local environment. Application of microscopic analysis, computed tomography (CT) scanning, and 3D imaging of the modifications has allowed their comparison with similar examples in modern and archaeological skeletal material. The modifications are interpreted as pupal chambers and feeding damage by dermestid beetles. Based on observa...
Published on Nov 1, 2018in International Journal of Legal Medicine 2.09
Luisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá),
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá)
+ 1 AuthorsBlanca Cifrián7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Alcalá)
Several necrophagous Coleoptera species are frequently collected on cadavers, may occasionally act as intermediate or paratenic hosts of parasites, as vectors of pathogens or as allergens, and can also represent major pests of preserved animal products. However, despite their medical, veterinary and economic importance, there is a lack of reliable species identification tools for the larval stages (usually the only entomological evidence associated with medicolegal investigations), thus severely...
Published on Sep 1, 2018in Medical and Veterinary Entomology 2.03
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá),
Amin Garbout7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Natural History Museum)
+ 4 AuthorsM. J. R. Hall20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Natural History Museum)
Published on May 1, 2018in Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 1.20
Luisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá),
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá)
+ 2 AuthorsArturo Baz Ramos16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Alcalá)
Abstract The variation in decomposition and insect succession among the four seasons of one year was studied for the first time in a periurban area of central Spain. During the winter trial, the carcasses showed corification, a cadaveric preservation phenomenon which apparently leaded to a significant delay in decomposition processes. The composition of the insect fauna breeding on carcasses changed significantly between trials. Active decay was mainly driven by Calliphoridae (Diptera) larvae in...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Forensic Science International 1.99
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá),
Carla Martín Nieto1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Alcalá)
+ 2 AuthorsLuisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá)
Abstract Due to their ubiquity and synanthropy, blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) are generally the first colonisers of cadavers and, therefore, frequently used to estimate a minimum post-mortem interval ( min PMI). Whereas in outdoor situations blow flies are expected to locate and colonise exposed cadavers within hours or even minutes after death, it is usually assumed that the colonisation of a cadaver indoors might be delayed for an uncertain period of time. This uncertainty severely limit...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Journal of Medical Entomology 1.91
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Alcalá),
Luisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá)
+ 1 AuthorsBlanca Cifrián7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Alcalá)
This article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology, published by Oxford University Press. The attached document is the author’s final accepted version of the journal article. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from it.
Published on Sep 1, 2017in International Journal of Legal Medicine 2.09
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History),
Thomas J. Simonsen17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 1 AuthorsM. J. R. Hall20
Estimated H-index: 20
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
Minimum post-mortem interval (minPMI) estimates often rely on the use of developmental data from blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae), which are generally the first colonisers of cadavers and, therefore, exemplar forensic indicators. Developmental data of the intra-puparial period are of particular importance, as it can account for more than half of the developmental duration of the blow fly life cycle. During this period, the insect undergoes metamorphosis inside the opaque, barrel-shaped pupari...
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