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April 30, 2012

We Know About Fingerprints... but EARprints?

MSNBC reported today about a burglar who was nabbed through DNA, fingerprint, AND EARprint evidence.

Earprints are considered just as unique to an individual as fingerprints and dozens of earprints were used as evidence in this case. It was alleged that the burglar suspect pressed his ear against doors and windows to listen for anybody being home before breaking in.

In another statistic, earprints are found in 1 out of every 20 burglaries.

FearID or the Forensic Ear Identification project financed by the European Union was the research used to establish earprints as a forensic tool.

Source:
Earprints allow German cops to nab alleged serial burglar. MSNBC 4/30/12

Earprints as evidence? PhysOrg 2/24/06
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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