The forensic exploitation of fingermark chemistry: a review
Bleay, S., Bailey, M., Croxton, R. and Francese, S. (2020). The forensic exploitation of fingermark chemistry: a review. WIRes Forensic Science.
|Authors||Bleay, S., Bailey, M., Croxton, R. and Francese, S.|
There is evidence that the use of fingerprints for the identification of an individual, either for civil or criminal purposes, has been considered in some form for over 2000 years (Barnes, 2011). The comparison of a mark left by an individual at a crime scene with sets of reference prints taken under controlled conditions is a cornerstone of forensic investigation, first being proposed in 1880 (Faulds, 1880). Following the generation of classification systems for fingermark patterns (Galton, 1892) and filing systems enabling databases to be searched (Henry, 1901), fingerprint comparison and identification has been successfully employed for over 120 years. The fact that fingerprint patterns are ‘unique’ (to the best of scientific knowledge) and persistent throughout life makes them a powerful identification tool. Indeed, the term ‘fingerprint’ is widely used across many other branches of science to describe something that is characteristic and easily distinguished from (e.g.) spectra of other nominally similar substances.
|Journal||WIRes Forensic Science|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||01 Oct 2020|
|Deposited||09 Oct 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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