alexa Human Earprints: A Review
ISSN: 2155-6180

Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics
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Review Article

Human Earprints: A Review

Nitin Kaushal1* and Purnima Kaushal2

1Department of Oral Pathology, B.R.S. Dental College and Hospital, Village Sultanpur, Panchkula, Haryana, INDIA

2Department of Anthropology, Punjab University, Chandgarh, INDIA

*Corresponding Author:
Nitin Kaushal
Department of Oral Pathology
B.R.S. Dental College and Hospital
Village Sultanpur, Panchkula, Haryana, India
Tel: 09780671752
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 26, 2011; Accepted Date: November 21, 2011; Published Date: December 25, 2011

Citation: Kaushal N, Kaushal P (2011) HUMAN EARPRINTS: A REVIEW. J Biomet Biostat 2:129. doi:10.4172/2155-6180.1000129

Copyright: © 2011 Kaushal N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Since centuries the external ear which is known as the pinna or the auricle has been used as a means of identification. It has been studied and described as a part of procedures to establish the identity of criminals and victims of crimes and accidents. Not only the auricle itself showed potential for establishing the identity of criminals, but also its prints. When perpetrators of crimes listen at, for instance, a door or window before breaking and entering, oils and waxes leave prints that can be made visible using techniques similar to those used when lifting fingerprints. These prints appear characteristic for the ears that made them.


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