Forensic anthropologist discovers racial differences in fingerprint analysis

January 5, 2016 - 

Graduate students at a North Carolina State University lab have found that differences in the minute details of fingerprints could indicate the racial profile of someone who left a latent print, according to a report by WRAL.

Forensic anthropologist Ann Ross, who leads the NCSU lab said “what we ended up finding, which was surprising, is there were differences between African-Americans and European-Americans.”

Ross says that the research is just getting started, but because her sample size was small, further studies are needed. She also wants to study fingerprints of people with diverse ancestral backgrounds.

Watch the WRAL video report.

Previously reported, researchers at State University of New York at Albany recently released a study that may help forensic scientists ascertain whether a fingerprint found at a crime scene belongs to a man or a woman.

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