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International Journal of Morphology

On-line version ISSN 0717-9502

Abstract

BING, Li et al. Palatal Rugae for the Construction of Forensic Identification. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.2, pp.546-550. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022014000200028.

This study aims to explore the role of palatal rugae pattern in forensic identification by coding of palatal rugae characteristics, and to construct a forensic identification system for oral palatal rugae. One hundred models were included in this study for a systemic coding of palatal rugae pattern based on the shape, quantity, location, and distribution of palatal rugae. Among the involved 100 models, palatal rugae types varied among individuals and palatal rugae pattern was different between men and women, even between two sides in the same individual. Palatal rugae pattern can be used for forensic identification of oral soft tissue and this study proposes a new means for the identification by coding of palatal rugae pattern based on the shape, quantity, location and distribution.

Keywords : Palatal rugae; Identification; Coding.

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