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Mustafa TURAN

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Are fingerprints and face shape related?
« on: 08/03/2010 14:30:02 »
Mustafa TURAN  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,

I'm Mustafa from Turkey.

I have a question for you: a group of computer scientists in Gazi University in Turkey have tried to find a link between fingerprint and face shape by pattern recognition on large amounts of fingerprint-face shape pairs.

The program works on the data and tries to draw the person's face shape from his/her fingerprint.

They got some quite impressive results from the study.

My question is: is it genetically/biologically possible to find a link between face shape and fingerprint? Can these two biometric features of a human being be related to each other?

Thanks in advance. Keep up the good work!

Mustafa Turan

What do you think?
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Are fingerprints and face shape related?
« Reply #1 on: 08/03/2010 15:13:04 »
Monozygotic "identical" twins usually have similar facial features but they have different fingerprints.

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Even identical twins (who share their DNA) do not have identical fingerprints.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerprint

So bang goes the determine-face-from-fingerprints hypothesis, as "identical" twins essentially have the same face but different fingerprints.


The only exception I can think of are rare genetic disorders which can affect facial features and hands,
 e.g. Down's syndrome ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatoglyphics#Genetic_disorders
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« Reply #2 on: 08/03/2010 19:46:46 »
Quote from:  Maciej Henneberg
I have a colleague who is a specialist of genetics in human dermal ridges and fingerprints.
 I showed her pictures of both human and koala fingerprints, without telling her which was which.
 When I asked her to pick the human print, she pointed without hesitation to the one of the koala.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A14608541


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Rumpology or "bottom reading" is a pseudoscience performed by reading the lines, crevices, dimples, warts, moles and folds of a person's buttocks in much the same way a chirologist would read the palm of the hand.
Rumpology can be performed either by sight, touch or by using buttock prints
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumpology

If they can recreate a face from fingerprints then why not an arse print.  :)
 

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