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Your identity at the tips of your fingers: things you need to know

Science Story: Your identity at the tips of your fingers: things you need to know

What do you know about your fingers? What do they know about you? There are things you definitely need to know. Learn more about them from the following article!


One can be easily distinguished by his/her fingerprints. Thus, it's a very serious natural document of a person.

It’s a unique picture or a pattern of skin layers on fingers, palms, feet, and tongue. It appears on a fetus 18 week after conception and does not change throughout the whole life. It is also known as “epidermal ridges”.

The tradition of taking fingerprints comes from China. First records from Qin Dynasty dated 221-206 BC contain information about fingerprints as evidence during burglary investigations.

The Chinese also used marks left by their fingers to protect clay seals during Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC - 220 AD).

In modern history, the first person who offered to define criminals by their fingerprints was Henry Faulds in 1880.

A bit later, Francis Galton proved that there are no identical fingerprints. He was also the first person to collect fingerprints cards. The government of Great Britain saw some sense in Galton's theories and used it to identify the perpetrators.

Though there is almost no way of permanently changing your natural fingerprint, there have been several attempts to do so. John Dillinger burnt his own prints off with acid. Another criminal used skin transplantation from his chest to his fingers. Forensics experts say, only a permanent damage to the skin tissue can remove your fingerprints. If skin regenerates, it will restore its unique friction ridge patterns. Even after death, a body can be identified by them.

Cats and koalas have unique fingerprints too. Cats and dogs also have unique noses.

After identification by fingerprints has been introduced in smartphones, experiments show that fingerprint sensors might work for your pets. But don’t be afraid – they won’t unlock your phone without your strong intention to help them to do so.

Epidermal ridges help transmit signals to sensory nerves in texture perception, amplifying triggered vibrations when i.e. they rub against an uneven surface. These ridges also create a better surface contact for firm gripping and can be used as protection when you touch rough materials.

  • Up to this day, no identical fingerprints have been found.
  • Still, there is a chance that your fingerprints can be confused with someone else’s.
  • Statistically, there is a percentage of false positive matches of 0.1 percent. Since the total fingerprint intake nowadays is huge, thousands of people can be subjects to false positive identification.
  • Several genetic deviations are characterized by the absence of fingerprints. If there are no other symptoms but smooth fingers, this is called “Adermatoglyphia” and can cause a lot of trouble to people at a police check.
  • Probably, this is the reason there are several other ways of identification, like iris or tongue recognition.

If by any chance there’s no your personal record in FBI, your gender can be identified by fingerprints. Not much? Read further!

Recently other unique features of a human organism have been found and have already been accepted by several courts in the United States as a tool of personal identification. These data can tell much more about you than fingerprints, e.g. about your health, environment, diet, and genetics. Thus, they can be used not only in courts for establishing the guilt or purgation, but also for establishing proper medical treatment when no personal records are available.

That makes more sense in providing your “fingerprints” to officials, what do you think?


Have you heard about any of these facts before? Do you have any stories connected with fingerprints? Comment on the article!


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What are your thoughts on this subject?
24 Comments
Irma Rivera
Thank you for that vital information!!! Also I would like to add that the tongue have its own print and I don't doubt if in the future the authorities will use it for identifying dead victims or criminals...
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Jul 16, 2019 5:58PM
Dinesh Sekhri
Thanks for good information
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Jan 24, 2019 2:16AM
tbear
Yes! Thank you!
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Jan 20, 2019 6:56PM
ninakamwene
Excellent and educational article. Thank you Quiz folks.
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May 30, 2018 5:34PM
Claudia Garriga
VERY INTERESTING
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May 17, 2018 12:01PM
Linda Spreng
Good info ... BAD grammar!
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Apr 8, 2018 5:10PM
Manuela Brociner
Very interesting
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Mar 31, 2018 8:27AM
Mark Ann Dubaz
All good to know.
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Mar 4, 2018 5:43PM
Lbow
I have adermatoglyphia. FBI cant read my prints
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Mar 1, 2018 12:34AM
Raymond Villamor
Where would a person leave a tongue print?
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Feb 27, 2018 4:42PM
Mangala Ramachandran
Interesting knowledge
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Feb 14, 2018 9:47PM
Cathie Roth Lonnquist
I was familiar with most of this information but some of the information about what England uses surprised me . This presentation was really well put together.
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Feb 13, 2018 11:39PM
RainingStars
'Cause of my former Educational Assistant job, at the High School both my daughter and son went to, I had to have my fingerprints taken. That set of prints are filed with the State of Oregon. When I applied for my Respite job, to work with a young lady, with Down Syndrome, I had to have another set taken. That set is filed with the FBI. When I was having the second set taken (for the FBI) I, jokingly, said, "Oh darn it, now I won't be able to rob any banks." LOL! 😂😅🤣
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Feb 13, 2018 10:10PM
fabitzer
Very interesting‼️👍
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Dec 28, 2017 10:10PM
John Puza
Acid huh!!!!
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Dec 17, 2017 7:33PM

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