Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dean Bertram

Advisor Department

Criminal Justice


Friction ridge skin is only located on the fingers, palms, and soles of feet. These ridges have been used to make identifications since before the twentieth century. These methods may be the basis of scientific testimony in court because of the amount of research that has been conducted in fingerprint identification. Courts uphold these techniques because of three principles behind fingerprint identification: fingerprints are unique because no two are the same, they will not change from the time they are formed in the womb until post-mortem decomposition, and they can be objectively classified using a general classification system. Little research has been done on the subject of this study. However, the three principles, which give credibility to fingerprint techniques, also applies to the palms. An examination and evaluation of palm print patterns and the pattern areas that appear in the palms is necessary to assist and further the knowledge of latent print examiners in palm print classification and comparison.