By finger patterns is meant figures formed by the minute papillary ridges upon the inside surface of the last joint of the thumb and fingers. They are most conveniently studied by inking the fingers with printer's ink and making impressions on paper or any smooth light surface to which the ink will adhere. Sir Francis Galton in his work "Finger Prints" and other publications, treats the subject of these patterns exhaustively and scientifically. The patterns are of practically infinite variety. They are also persistent and unchanging through the life of the individual, and are destroyed or obliterated only by violent and deep injuries to the fingers. Finger prints therefore constitute a certain and convenient means of personal identification.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences
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Veblen, A. A.
"A Study in the Hereditary Transmission of Finger Patterns,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 9(1), 44-47.
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