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Ernie Hamm
Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2002 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For purposes of identification, there will be no changes in the arrangement of friction ridge details from age 5 to age 65. There is no 'statute of limitations' on fingerprint patterns. There can be changes as a result of injury and certain types of diseases and the appearance of the prints may be affected by age (ridges get thinner, perhaps), but the identifying features remain constant from birth until decomposition after death.
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John Davis
Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2002 - 07:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Will a person at age 65 have the same fingerprint as he had when he was five years old? In other words, does a personís fingerprint change significantly over time? If so, what are the factors affecting the changes in fingerprint? Is there a legal time frame (say a fingerprint that is ten years old) that would make a certain fingerprint invalid?

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