Identification: Prints - Ear

K. Krishan, T. Kanchan

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An earprint is an impression of the external ear. House breakers may leave their earprints inadvertently when they listen at doors and windows to check if there is anyone inside before breaking and entering a premises. Owing to uniqueness and individualistic characteristics of the human ear, earprints can be used as evidence to link a criminal with the crime. In the recent past, many suspected thieves have been convicted and several burglaries linked due to the presence of similar earprints. This chapter explores various issues relating to earprints: ear morphology, variations, individualization, matching, and the admissibility of earprint evidence in the courts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128000557
ISBN (Print)9780128000342
Publication statusPublished - 04-11-2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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