Title

Sex, Ancestral, and Pattern Type Variation of Fingerprint Minutiae

Date

5-26-2016 11:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The forensic anthropology field does not routinely examine fingerprints as a tool for creating a decedent’s biological profile. In this study, we will assess 400 fingerprints from 80 students at Western Oregon University (40 females; 40 males) who fall within four ancestral groups (Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander). Level 1 details include general fingerprint patterns of whorls, arches, and loops, while Level 2 details include all fingerprint minutiae such as islands, forks, and deltas. After gathering the fingerprints from volunteers, we will visually analyze Level 1 and Level 2 details found in the fingerprint, with an emphasis on Level 2 details. The collection of fingerprint data will be tabulated and analyzed to determine which details occur more frequently among each sex and ancestry. Examining fingerprint features from a diverse group will help determine if sex and ancestry can aid the forensic anthropologist in identifying a victim.

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May 26th, 11:00 AM May 26th, 1:00 PM

Sex, Ancestral, and Pattern Type Variation of Fingerprint Minutiae

WUC Pacific Room

The forensic anthropology field does not routinely examine fingerprints as a tool for creating a decedent’s biological profile. In this study, we will assess 400 fingerprints from 80 students at Western Oregon University (40 females; 40 males) who fall within four ancestral groups (Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander). Level 1 details include general fingerprint patterns of whorls, arches, and loops, while Level 2 details include all fingerprint minutiae such as islands, forks, and deltas. After gathering the fingerprints from volunteers, we will visually analyze Level 1 and Level 2 details found in the fingerprint, with an emphasis on Level 2 details. The collection of fingerprint data will be tabulated and analyzed to determine which details occur more frequently among each sex and ancestry. Examining fingerprint features from a diverse group will help determine if sex and ancestry can aid the forensic anthropologist in identifying a victim.