What is dactyloscopy?


HAVE YOU EVER TIP-TOED into your sibling’s room to peek into something? You probably left behind evidence of your secret visit. A fingerprint expert could likely find fingerprints and match them to the unique prints at the end of your fingers. Analysis and classification of patterns observed in an individual’s prints are called dactyloscopy. Every living person has a unique pattern of ridges on the tips of their fingers. That means that no one else in the world has the exact same set of ridges and lines that you have on your fingers.

Interestingly, not even identical twins have the same fingerprints. Fingerprints are made of a series of ridges and furrows on the surface of a finger. There are three types of finger
prints namely, the loops, whorls, and arches.

These are formed by those ridges and furrows generally followed by a number of distinct patterns. Your fingerprints also stay the same from the time you’re born until death. Their
uniqueness and lasting quality make fingerprints one of the best ways to identify a person.