Science Careers

Sticky Fingers: A Glimpse into the Work of a Latent Print Examiner

Author:  Ria Foye

From the moment of conception until the time of death, there is no doubt that nearly all physical features of the body undergo change. For instance, bone lengths and teeth surfaces: the  length of a newborn’s spine is clearly shorter than that of an adolescent while similarly over time, teeth wear down and surface patterns become unique to  one individual. While these and many other body parts are continuously undergoing change, there is one bodily characteristic that remains constant throughout a lifetime - the specific ridge patterns that constitute a fingerprint.