Sex differences from fingerprint ridge density in the Indian population

Vinod C. Nayak, Prateek Rastogi, Tanuj Kanchan, Stany W. Lobo, K. Yoganarasimha, Smitha Nayak, Nageshkumar G. Rao, G. Pradeep Kumar, B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Ritesh G. Menezes

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Determination of individuality is one of the prime concerns in forensic investigation. The study of fingerprints is widely used in providing a clue regarding identity. The present study was undertaken to study the sex differences in fingerprint ridge density in the Indian population. The study done on 100 males and 100 females revealed that significant sex differences occur in the fingerprint ridge density. The present study shows a statistically significant difference in fingerprint ridge densities of male and female fingerprints in people of Indian origin. A mean fingerprint ridge density of 12 ridges/25 mm2 or less is found to be more likely to be of males and a mean ridge count of more the 12 ridges/25 mm2 is more likely to be of female origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-86
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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