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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 545-548
Study of lip prints in different ethno-racial groups in India

1 Licensing Coordinator, Corporate Translations Inc. 101 East River Drive, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA
2 Department of Oral Medicine and radiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences, No 82, EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Oral Medicine Specialist and Maxillofacial Radiologist, Vatsalya Dental, No. 83, 6th Cross, Arekere Mico Layout, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 MDS, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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P S Shilpa
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_352_14

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Context (Background): Lips prints are unique and are a tool for personal identification. Aims: Indian population can be divided into different ethno-racial groups. In this study, we aimed at finding the most and the least prevalent lip print patterns in these groups and also to observe any similarities or differences that may exist in these groups in terms of lip print patterns. Settings and Design: Lip prints in 755 individuals categorized into different ethno-racial groups were studied. Materials and Methods: Brown- and pink-colored lipsticks, cellophane tape, and magnifying lens were used to record and study the lip prints. Results: Among all the three ethno-racial groups, Type I was the most prevalent lip print pattern observed. The least prevalent lip print pattern in all the three groups was Type IV. Inference/Conclusion: Lip prints hold potential as supplementary tools for identification where they can be recorded with ease. The observation and classification of lip print patterns in different ethno-racial groups not only provide some useful data but also open a new window to a field that can contribute extensively to criminal investigation and identification.

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