|Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 - 09:18 am: ||
Having read several hundred articles on the formation of skin and biological uniqueness, I would answer this question YES. Having said that, I would clarify that by "easily" you mean that an examiner sees a sufficient quality and quantity of detail in the latent lip impression and the known lip impression and that that examiner knows those impressions were made by the same source. Of course, there are other issues; you have to have a suspect, so identification in the sense of AFIS or of classification is out the window. But from strictly a side-by-side comparison viewpoint, I would argue that all biology is unique, and whether you are looking at an elbow print, a foot print, a lip print, or a fingerprint, the basic underlying factors are all the same; skin is unique, the root structure of skin is permanent, and if a sufficient quality and quantity of that detail exists, then individualization can be established.
|Posted on Monday, November 05, 2001 - 06:49 pm: ||
Do Lip prints identify someone as easily as Fingerprints do?