Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 57 Issue: 2 Dated: March 2012 Pages: 449-452
This article discusses poroscopy a term applied to a specialized study of pore structure found on papillary ridges of skin as a means of identification.
Poroscopy is the term applied to a specialized study of pore structure found on papillary ridges of skin as a means of identification. It comes under level 3 detail of identification and hence is more reliable and accurate. The goal of this study is to estimate the importance of poroscopy for identification of individuals and to determine the gender based on frequency, type, and shape of pores. Left plain thumb prints of 200 individuals (100 men and 100 women) aged between 18 and 60 belonging to South Indian population were observed. The results have shown that women tend to have a significantly higher frequency of pores than men. Number of pores less than 8 pores/25 mm2 is more likely to be of male origin and greater than 9 pores/25 mm2 is more likely to be of female origin. There was no significant sex difference based on type and shape of pores. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
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