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NCJ Number: NCJ 242061     Find in a Library
Title: Morphologic Patterns of Lip Prints in a Portuguese Population: A Preliminary Analysis
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Author(s): Virginia A. Costa, D.M.D. ; Ines M. Caldas, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1318 to 1322
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 5
  Annotation: This report discusses lip prints and their potential use in human identification purposes.
Abstract: Lip prints are thought to have the ability to distinguish individuals and, hence, have a potential use in human identification purposes. However, questions remain regarding their utility for sex determination. This study aimed to classify lip prints for different individuals in a Portuguese population and to determine whether sex differences exist. Lip prints of 25 females and 25 males were obtained using dark-colored lipstick and cellophane tape. Lip prints were analyzed using a magnifying lens and classified according to the Suzuki and Tsuchihashi classification. A Type II pattern was found to be most common. A comparison of lip-print patterns between males and females showed results with a statistically significant difference: Type III pattern was most common in males, and a Type II pattern in females. This study corroborates the hypothesis that lip prints are able to distinguish individuals and may be useful in sex determination. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Participant identification ; Dental analysis ; Lipprints ; Portugal
Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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