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Here's How Your Fingerprints Formed

Mar 28, 2015
Everyone has seen fingerprints used on countless television shows and movies. Known as the best thing, besides DNA evidence, to place a person at a crime scene, fingerprints are truly a unique quality associated with each human (and even separate genetically identical twins from one another). In the narrowest definition, fingerprints are the print associated with the pads of one's fingers. The unique qualities found in the three main fingerprint patterns are called arches, whorls, and loops. Arches are the rarest, seen about 5 percent of the time. Whorls are next and are encountered 25-35 percent of the time. Finally, loops are the most common and are found in 60-70 percent of the patterns encountered.
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