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Introduction to Fingerprints

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about fingerprint ridge patterns

about fingerprint ridge patterns


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  • A fingerprint will not change during a person’s lifetime. As you grow, the pattern stays the same, but gets bigger.Fingerprints have ridge patterns that allow them to be classified.A fingerprint is unique due to minutiae (small patterns in the print).
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    • 1. Why Do We Have Fingerprints?Dermal Papillae: anundulating sub-layerthat causes frictionridges 1
    • 2. Why Do We Have Fingerprints? Friction Ridges allow us to hold on to things more easily. 2
    • 3. Fundamental Principles of Fingerprints They don’t change. Can be classified by their ridge patternsUnique because of minutiae 3
    • 4. 3 Types of Ridge Patternso Loops•Whorls•Arches 4
    • 5. Loopone or more ridge enters and exits from the same side. Loops must have one delta (triangular area).Types Radial: opens toward the thumb Ulnar: opens toward the “pinky” (little finger) 5
    • 6. Whorlat least one ridge makes a complete circuit. Types  Plain  Central Pocket  Double Loop  Accidental 6
    • 7. Archhas ridges that enter on one side, rises in the middle, and ends on the other sideTypes Plain Tented 7
    • 8. 3 Types of Ridge Patterns o Loops: most common pattern (65% of people have these) • Whorls: 30% • Arches: least common pattern (5%)Individual fingers can have different ridge patterns! 8
    • 9. Galton: observer of minutiae 9
    • 10. Minutia: small patterns in the print 10
    • 11. Examples of MinutiaBIFURCATION RIDGE ENDING 11
    • 12. More Minutia ExamplesISLAND SHORT RIDGEENCLOSURE 12

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