Fingerprints Change Over the Course of a Person’s Life

By Carl Engelking | June 29, 2015 3:13 pm

Fingerprints may not be the permanent biological signatures we’ve built them up to be.

Since the 1920s, fingerprints have been accepted as evidence in courtrooms due to their uniqueness and permanence. And their uniqueness has been scientifically validated. But what of their permanence? Do those ridges and swirls remain the same from birth to death? According to a new study, our fingerprints do slightly change as time progresses — which could have implications for everything from law enforcement to unlocking your iPhone.

Continue reading here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/06/29/fingerprints-change-over-the-course-of-a-persons-life/

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