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Week 4: Fingerprint Examination

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  • Q1

    What aged system, from the 1880s, used a series of 11 measurements as a form of identification prior to fingerprinting for criminal records?


    Entomology/Insect Biology

    Bloodstain Pattern Analysis


  • Q2

    What famous case from the 1880s involved a man that was mistaken for another inmate after their measurements and photo were alike? This case essentially ended the use of anthropometry.

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    Arthur and Arturus Dent Case

    Gene and Jean East Case

    Emmet and Emerson Brown Case

    Will and William West Case

  • Q3

    Why should visual identifications and photo ID comparisons be followed up by confirmatory methods such as fingerprinting?

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    People may be severely injured and their appearances may look different from their known photos.

    In forensic science, we need to rely on the best available scientific methods for accuracy and efficiency.

    We need to prevent wrongful convictions by assuring identifications made are accurate.

    All of the above

  • Q4

    Though their intentions may not have been known, fingerprints have been noted in historical settings including:

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    On ancient building materials

    All of the above

    Within artwork in tombs

    With signatures on contracts

  • Q5

    In 1684, Dr. Nehemiah Grew, an English physician and plant morphologist did what for fingerprinting?

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    Published analytical drawings and discussions of fingerprint ridge patterns.

    Assigned terminology to patterns.

    Invented anthropometry for identification purposes.

    Stated prints should be used for criminal investigations.

  • Q6

    In 1823, Johannes Purkinje work of ________________, which served as a precursor for modern-day fingerprint classification systems.

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    inventing a new identification method

    using fingerprints for contracts

    assigning terminology to patterns and their groups

    drawing fingerprint ridge patterns

  • Q7

    Henry Faulds, a Scottish physician, was responsible for all of the following EXCEPT FOR:

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    Offered to build Scotland Yard Police a lab at his own expense.

    Recommend anthropometry as a form of identification.

    That fingerprinting be used for criminal identification.

    Wrote to Charles Darwin about his fingerprint studies.

  • Q8

    A cousin of Charles Darwin, this geneticist published a book called Finger Prints, in which he wrote about classification of prints, their uniqueness, and how they could be applied to investigation?

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  • Q9

    Level II features of fingerprints, known as minutiae, are also sometimes called what?

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    Class Characteristics

    Henry's Classifications

    Galton's Details

    Darwin's Details

  • Q10

    All of the following are principles of fingerprints EXCEPT FOR:

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    They are presumptive.

    They are unique.

    They can be classified.

    They remain unchanged.

  • Q11

    The following are all biological facts about fingerprints EXCEPT FOR:

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    Our fingerprint patterns develop in utero.

    Latent prints are from the sweat and oils on our fingers.

    Fingerprint patterns can be changed.

    Our fingerprints help us to grasp objects.

  • Q12

    The three fingerprint classes are what?

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    Plain, Tented and Central Pockets

    Swirls, Arcs and Whorls

    Arches, Loops and Whorls

    Deltas, Radial, and Ulnar

  • Q13

    A loop fingerprint has ______ delta and has at least 1 or more ridges that enter, recurve and exit from the __________ side.

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    2; opposite

    1; same

    2; same

    1; opposite

  • Q14

    In addition to having a circular pattern at its core, whorl fingerprint patterns have how many deltas?

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  • Q15

    All of the following are true about arch fingerprint patterns EXCEPT FOR:

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    Lines enter and exit from opposite sides.

    They have two subclasses (plain and tented)

    They are the most common fingerprint.

    They have no delta.


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