Discuss the Epidermal and Dermal Layers of the Skin and How Each Relates to the Permanence of Fingerprints

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Discuss the epidermal and dermal layer of skin and how each relates to the permanence of fingerprints. The outer layer is known as the epidermis, and the inner layer is known as the dermis. The bottom of the epidermis,is adjacent to the dermis, is the generating layer of the epidermis and it is in this layer that new cells are formed. The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. The epidermis has many smaller layers. The dermal layer is the growth layer of skin and feeds the epidermis. The dermal layer has rows of papillae pegs. The papillae determine and individualize ridge structure as well as furrow. The scientific tenet of friction ridge skin is permanent and unique. Friction ridge is formed during fetal development between to 10 to 16 weeks of gestation and remains permanent throughout a person’s entire life span. Trauma to the skin may cause a temporary disruption, but upon healing the ridge formation will return exactly as it was before the trauma. The only deviation would be that of trauma that reaches the Basal layer which then would result in a permanent scar. Choose three people in history who have made significant contributions to the science of fingerprints and explain how they have impacted the science of fingerprints.

Herschel
Herschel was a great pioneer in fingerprints. He used fingerprints with a purpose in mind in the 1860’s when he used them to prevent forgery. He also reprinted himself and others over time and proved that fingerprints were permanent. He did this for over 30 years. Herschel was the first to propose the use of fingerprinting in the jails of India. This historically is call the Hooghly letter. The confirmation of identity, however, his idea was rejected. He was ahead of his time. Herschel responded to the article by Henry Faulds, in that he discussed how he used fingerprints.

Faulds
Dr. Faulds had a large impact on the fingerprint world. His discussions regarding looking at fingerprints under...
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