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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2014, Volume : 8, Issue : 1
First page : ( 171) Last page : ( 175)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.

Tongues: Could they also be another Fingerprint?

Musa Omer A1,*, Elsheikh Tagwa E2, Hassona Mohamed E3

1Faculty of Medicine, The National Ribat University, Nile street, Khartoum, Sudan

2Faculty of Medicine, The International African University, Arkaweet, Khartoum, Sudan

3Faculty of Computer Sciences, The National Ribat University, Nile street, Khartoum, Sudan

*Corresponding author: Omer Abdel Aziz Musa, The National Ribat University, Khartoum, PO Box 55, Sudan. E-mail: omusa56@yahoo.co.uk, Mobile: 00249912391297. Tel: 00249183263592

Online published on 6 February, 2014.

Abstract

Objectives

The general objective of this study is to search for new personal identification method. Specific objectives were to prove that tongues are different between identical twins and so in the general population and can be used as a print.

Materials and Method

Study Design

Across sectional descriptive study was done in Khartoum state, Sudan during the period from June 2011 to March 2012.

Study Population

Fifty individuals were included; twenty were identical twins (forty persons), and 10 were from the general population, and they were apparently free of tongue lesions and with normal concentration of hemoglobin. Identical twins have been searched in Khartoum state, while the general population were chosen randomly. Tongues lengths and widths were measured. Tongues were compared visually directly and from photos by three persons.

Using different computer programs each tongue was converted into text, chart and special code and comparison between them were performed.

Results

The length and width of tongues were found to be more in males compared to females (p < 0.05). Tongues looked different directly and by photos and computer programs confirmed the difference between tongues even in identical twins.

Conclusion

Tongues are different between identical twins and hence between the whole population and could be a new personal identification method which needs further elaboration.

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Keywords

TonguesFinger PrintIdentical Twins.

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