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Rugoscopy (Palatoprints)

Use of human palatal rugae as a method of identification. Prints are taken from anterior part of Palate.

  1. The palatal rugae like fingerprints do not change during the life of the individual, are protected from trauma and high temperatures for its internal position in the oral cavity.
  2. Once formed, they only change in its length, due to normal growth, staying in the same position throughout the life of a person.
  3. If palatal rugae are destroyed, they are reproduced exactly on the same site that had them previously.
  4. So the palatal rugae can be used as a reliable guide to the forensic identification.

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