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Analysis and Understanding

Fingerprints by Mark Hawthorne
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I. Fingerprint Analysis

The History of Fingerprints

Outline of the History of Fingerprints

Early Nonsystematic Methods of Identification

Study Questions

Systematic Methods of Identification



Definitions Associated with Fingerprints

Fingerprint Patterns and Ridge Characteristics

More Fingerprint Definitions

Study Questions

Fingerprint Pattern Types and AssociatedTerminology

Loop Pattern

Loop Ridge Counting

Radial and Ulnar Loops

Other Issues Pertaining to Loops

Plain Arch and Tented Arch Patterns

The Plain Arch

The Tented Arch

The Whorl Pattern

Plain Whorl

Central Pocket Loop Whorl

Double Loop Whorl

Accidental Whorl

Ridge Tracing and Counting Whorl Patterns

The Palm Print

Study Questions

Classification: Henry with FBI Extension, NCIC, and IAFIS

Henry With FBI Extension

Ridge Count Conversion

Conversion Chart for Ridge Counts


Filing Sequence

NCIC Classification System


Other Fingerprint Systems (Manual Methods or Systems)

Study Questions

 II. Development, Identification, and Presentation of Fingerprints

Known/Direct/Inked Fingerprints; Unknown/ Latent Fingerprints

Known Fingerprints

Manual Method

Live Scan

Unknown Fingerprints (Commonly Referred to as Latent Prints)

Conditions Affecting Latent Prints

The Crime Scene Search and Fingerprint Development

Fingerprint Development Techniques (see Appendix A)

Powder Techniques

Chemical Techniques

Procedure After Developing Prints

Fingerprint Comparison and Identification

Study Questions

Court Presentation


Court Presentation




Challenges to the Science of Fingerprints

Study Questions

Appendix A

Appendix B



CRC Press; November 2008
144 pages; ISBN 9781420068658
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Title: Fingerprints
Author: Mark Hawthorne
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