Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semesters 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

1. Primitive knowledge of dermatoglyphics in Asia.

2. Beginning of dermatoglyphics and dactyloscopy in Europe.

3. Fundamentals of ridged skin.

4. Fundamentals of dactyloscopy. Finger and palm printing.

5. Patterns on the fingers.

6. Patterns of palms and soles.

7. Embryology of the ridged skin.

8. Evolution of dermatoglyphics. Dermatoglyphics of primates.

9. Formulation of triradii.

10. Quantitative characteristics on the fingers: ridge counts.

11. Quantitative characteristics on the palms and soles: ridge counts and main lines.

12. Genetics of dermatoglyphics.

13. Clinical dermatoglyphics.

14. Geographical variations of dermatoglyphics.

15. Flexion creases on the hand.

  • Cummins, H., Midlo, C.: Finger prints, palms and soles. An introduction to dermatoglyphics. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1961.

  • Davide Maltoni, Dario Maio, Anil K. Jain, Salil Prabhakar: Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition, 2nd ed., Springer Science & Business Media, 2009, ISBN 9781848822542

  • Gyenis, G.: Dermatoglyphics of the Palóc people in Northern-Hungary. Humanbiologia Budapestinensis, 15, 1984.

  • Durham, N. M., Fox, K. M., Plato, C. C.: The state of dermatoglyphics. The science of finger and palm prints. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston-Queenston-Lampeter, 2000.