Although bite mark evidence has been available for hundreds of years, it
has only been in this century and particularly within that last several
decades that the science of bite mark analysis has reached the levels of
scientific credibility that the courts have admitted this evidence. Dr.
Souviron has participated in hundreds of bite mark cases, both
for Prosecution and the Defense bars. The analysis of the wound pattern,
documenting and collecting the evidence utilizing advanced impression
techniques, photographic imaging including ultra violet and alternate light
as well as ambient light, all a part of Dr. Souvironís forensic dental
expertise. Dr. Souviron holds board certification in Forensic Odontology and
has been active in the field for 35 years. He has testified in numerous bite
mark cases, the first in Florida being the State of Florida vs. Theodore
Bundy. His expert testimony was used extensively in pre trial hearings for
admissibility of bite mark evidence for the first such trial in the State of
Florida. Since that time he has testified in 20 states including Federal
courts on this evidence. Human bite marks are found commonly in child abuse
cases, rape and rape homicide cases as well as in many instances of assault,
battery and aggravated battery. Bite marks also are left by the victims
of violent crimes on the perpetrators. Bite marks also are found at crime
scenes on inanimate objects such as pencils, Styrofoam cups, gum, candy
bars, cheese and other foods. Dr. Souviron has been involved in cases
providing bite mark analysis in these areas.
Additionally, he has been involved in bite mark cases involving animal
bites. Dog bites are by far the most prevalent type of bites involving
animal on human for the forensic dentist. However, he has also provided
testimony in other animals bites such as sharks, barracudas, Bengal tigers,
alligators and crocodiles. His testimony has been invaluable in
differentiating between pseudo bite marks (pattern injuries) that resemble a
bite and actual human bite marks. He has also been called upon to
differentiate between pattern injuries, determining whether these are left
by adult teeth or by primary (baby) teeth.
Dr. Souviron provides training to law enforcement agencies, medical
examiners and dental societies in the area of bite mark and pattern injury
evaluation and interpretation. He also has provided valuable service for
many police and prosecutory agencies throughout the country in death
investigation in which dental evidence especially bite marks are involved.
His testimony in the area of bite mark and bite mark analysis
interpretation have been admitted to courts in 20 states including Federal
courts. His testimony in the area of forensic dentistry and bite mark
evaluation interpretation has never been disqualified by any judicial
ZOOLOGICAL DENTISTRY AND ANIMAL BITE MARKS:
Dr. Souviron along with his partner Dr.
K. Randall Groh provide all major dental services for the Miami Dade County
Metro Zoo. They perform dental surgery including root canal therapies for
many of the large animals at the specific request of the zoo veterinarian.
Animals treated to date include elephant, hippopotamus, lion, Bengal tigers,
wallaby, leopard, bear and wild dogs. Drs. Souviron and Groh have also
provided dental services at the request of the curator and owner of the
Miami Monkey Jungle on their Lowland Gorilla, King. (Click here for a more
in-depth review of zoological
In addition, Dr. Souviron has been called upon by numerous agencies
throughout the state of Florida to help determine pattern injuries left on
inanimate objects as well as human flesh to analyze and determine whether
the pattern injury is a human or animal bite and or to determine whether the
bite is left by one type of animal vs. another such as alligator vs. dog.
He also has been involved in pattern injuries on deceased to determine
whether these injuries were left by sharks or other type of marine life.
Alligator and crocodile bites have been evaluated by Dr. Souviron.