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"Everything you've ever wanted to know about fingerprints!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
What is the name given to the study of fingerprints?
What is the function of the ridges on our fingers which create fingerprints?
They enable us to grasp objects.
They provide insulation for the tissues under the skin.
They help us to identify individual human beings.
They provide protection for our touch receptors.
What causes fingerprints to be left behind when we touch things?
the natural oils in the skin
the moisture in the atmosphere
the smoothness of the surfaces we touch
the dust on the things we touch
Which of the following is NOT one of the three basic types of fingerprint patterns?
At what age do human beings acquire fingerprints?
at three month's gestation
at two weeks of age
at six month's gestation
Which of the following statements about fingerprints is NOT true?
Fingerprints are unique for every human being.
Fingerprints are no more similar between two family members than between two strangers.
Even identical twins do not have identical fingerprints.
Fingerprint patterns do not change with growth or age.
Which animal is said to have fingerprints virtually indistinguishable from those of human beings?
Why is it usually impossible to obtain fingerprints from textiles such as fabric, clothing and carpet?
because textiles are very absorbent
because textile fibres are resistant to the powders used to dust for prints
because textiles almost always contain synthetic materials
because most modern fibres are treated with fluorocarbons to repel moisture
Who is generally recognised as being the first person to use fingerprints as a means of identification?
Sir William Herschel
Dr Henry Faulds
Sir Edward Henry
What is the minimum number of matching points required to identify an unknown latent print?
there is no minimum
In which country was the first case of a conviction based on fingerprint evidence?
In 1902, Henry (Harry) Jackson became the first person in the United Kingdom to be convicted on fingerprint evidence. What was his crime?
In 1910, Thomas Jennings became the first person in the United States of America to be convicted on fingerprint evidence. What was his crime?
Who was responsible for starting the first national fingerprint register in America in the 1920s?
J Edgar Hoover
Which famous author was the first to utilise fingerprint evidence to solve a fictional crime?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Compiled Jun 28 12