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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 178-179

Lip outline: A new paradigm in forensic sciences

1 Department of Oral Pathology, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Nalgonda, Telangana, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Mallareddy Dental College for Women's, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. Aruna Kumari Maloth
Department of Oral Pathology, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Nalgonda - 508 254, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.195109

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Introduction: Personal identification is becoming increasingly important not only in legal medicine but also in crime/criminal investigation and identification. Sometimes establishing a person's identity can be a very difficult process. Dental, fingerprint, and DNA comparisons are probably the most common technique used. However, there are many well-known implanted methods of human identification, one of the most interesting emerging methods of human identification which originates from the criminal and forensic practice, is human lips recognition. Cheiloscopy is a forensic investigation technique that deals with the identification based on lip traces. The lip outline of every person is unique and can be used to fix the personal identity. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the distribution of lip outline patterns among males and females, and to evaluate the uniqueness of lip outline pattern. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised of 200 individuals from Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences. Lip outline patterns were obtained and were transferred to the proforma sheet for analysis. Results: The results of the study revealed that the lip outline patterns for each individual were unique. Conclusion: This study showed that lip outline patterns are unique to each individual and can be used for personal identification.

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