Fingerprint Sourcebook Now Complete

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released the final two chapters of the Fingerprint Sourcebook, “a definitive resource on the science of fingerprint identification”.

 

These two new chapters are:

Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Adult Friction Ridge Skin

This chapter discusses the anatomy and physiology of the friction ridge skin, which forms the basis for several critical elements that underlie the fingerprint examination process.

Chapter 3: Embryology, Physiology, and Morphology

This chapter brings together more than 100 years of empirical data, statistical studies, and observations under one umbrella for the latent-print examiner to use as a reference in understanding why friction ridge skin is unique and persistent.

The Fingerprint Sourcebook, from the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and prepared by the International Association for Identification, is available online in PDF format. It is currently being published in stages, with 13 of the 15 chapters already available as PDF downloads.

The Fingerprint Sourcebook can be accessed here.

The complete table of contents:

Chapter 1: History
Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Adult Friction Ridge Skin
Chapter 3: Embryology, Physiology, and Morphology
Chapter 4: Recording Living and Postmortem Friction Ridge Skin Exemplars
Chapter 5: Systems of Friction Ridge Classification
Chapter 6: Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
Chapter 7: Latent Print Development
Chapter 8: The Preservation of Friction Ridge Information
Chapter 9: Examination Methodology
Chapter 10: Documentation of Friction Ridge Impressions: From the Scene to the Conclusion
Chapter 11: Equipment
Chapter 12: Quality Assurance
Chapter 13: Fingerprints and the Law
Chapter 14: Scientific Research in the Forensic Discipline of Friction Ridge Individualization
Chapter 15: Special Abilities and Vulnerabilities in Forensic Expertise

 
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