Are toeprints unique, like fingerprints?

Thursday 23rd September 2010
Submitted by NatalieHarrison
TOM HOLLIS, BY EMAIL

Yes they are. The whorls and ridges develop uniquely in each person and are not genetically determined. There are a few famous cases in which criminals have been caught by using toeprints. The first was at a Scottish bakery in 1952 when a safe-cracker was identified by the footprints he left in flour. Toeprints were even suggested as biometric data to be included in the now-abandoned UK identity card scheme.

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