10 Distinctive Fingerprint Facts You Won’t Believe Are Real


Fingerprints are pretty incredible. And no two are exactly alike! In fact, the odds of your fingerprints matching those of another person are a whopping 1 in 64 billion. That is why fingerprints are some of the most commonly used forms of identification.

Yet did you know that in the old days, people were identified based on bertillonage, or the different measurements of their body? Scientists would measure arm length, height while sitting and standing and more.

Good things prints came along – they are much easier!

Distinctive Fingerprint Facts

1 You and Your Fingerprints Go Way Back

Your fingerprints are formed while you are still a baby in your mother’s womb!

2 Butterfingers

We produce oil from our skin, which creates the imprint of a finger or thumb.

3 The Proof is in the Prints

The first case that was solved thanks to fingerprint identification occurred in Argentina in 1892.

4 Fingerprints Have Gone Digital

Thanks to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, researchers can identify criminal fingerprints.

5 Grab and Go

Fingerprints include friction ridges, which give us the ability to take hold of and pick up objects.

6 Johannes Purkinje Had Class

He is credited for developing the first fingerprint classification system.

7 What Makes a Fingerprint?

Some typical features used to analyze and identity prints include friction ridges and lined patterns.

8 Dactyloscopy

Originating from the Greek root words for “finger” and “examine,” Dactyloscopy is the study of fingerprints.

9 Sign, Sealed, Delivered

In some ancient civilizations, people used to sign legal documents with their thumbprint, rather than their written signature.

10 The Chinese Did it First

Naturally, it was the Chinese who first used the ancient practice of analyzing fingerprints.

11 Three is the magic number?

Three is the magic number, as far as Sir Francis Galton is concerned. He was the first guy to classify fingerprints into three pattern categories. They patterns were: loops, whorls, and arches. A few years later, Sir Edward Henry added 2 more pattern types: tented arches and subsets of loops (ulnar and radial.)

Why Are Your Fingerprints Unique?

You’ve probably heard that no two finger prints are the same. But do you know why? Watch this video to learn more!



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