Technologies for Fingermark Age Estimations: A Step Forward

Editors: De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Josep (Ed.)

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This book discusses new applications of technologies that have been or could be successfully employed to estimate the age of fingermarks. Determining the specific time a fingermark is deposited could become a powerful new development in forensic science and a useful application to law enforcement. This book aims to shed some light on this important and still controversial area of scientific research. 

The expert chapters review recent discoveries and current developments with a practical bent, focusing on prospective uses in real-world crime scenes. They take a multidisciplinary approach, featuring contributors with diverse specialties including Chemistry, Imaging Technologies, Forensic Science, Biology and Microbiology. The balanced presentation incorporates critiques on fingermark aging studies, explores the reliability of fingermarks as evidence, and discusses how the estimation of “age” can improve robustness of crime evidence. Each chapter describes a unique aspect of fingermark aging observed from a different analytical perspective: 2D imaging; 3D imaging; chemical analysis; chemical imaging; microbiome analysis; electrochemical analysis; and DNA analysis, as well as the role and application of statistics. Illustrations and graphs aid the reader in understanding the concepts being explained.   

Not just a compilation of techniques and methods, this book’s emphasis on practical applications and its easy-to-read style will appeal to a broad audience of scientists and criminal justice professionals alike. It will be of great interest to law enforcement, academia, and the criminal justice community; including forensic scientists, investigators, lawyers, students, and researchers. It aims to help facilitate debates in the broader community about the feasibility, convenience, and relevance of estimating the age of evidence.

About the authors

Dr. Josep De Alcaraz-Fossoul earned a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Wales (Cardiff-UK) and a BSc in Biology at the University of Girona (Girona-Catalonia). This was followed by a PhD in Molecular/Vector Biology at the University of Liverpool (Liverpool-UK) and a MSc in Criminalistics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Barcelona-Catalonia). A Postdoctoral position at the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona (IRBB) was completed prior to further developing his professional career as a crime scene examiner and forensic scientist at the Catalonia Police – Mossos d’Esquadra (PG-ME). 


Dr. De Alcaraz-Fossoul has taught and conducted research at Arizona State University (AZ-USA), California State University - Los Angeles (CA-USA), and the University of Barcelona (Catalonia) since 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut (USA). His scientific research focuses mostly on latent fingerprint aging studies by optical means (2D and 3D imaging approaches) and he also coordinates an international and multidisciplinary project on this topic. Other interests include questioned documents, including handwriting, and forensic biology.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Past, Present, and Future of the Forensic Use of Fingermarks

    Pages 1-33

    Girod-Frais, Aline (et al.)

  • Latent Fingermarks as Complex Physical, Chemical, and Biological Structures

    Pages 35-57

    De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Josep

  • Estimating the Age of Fingermarks: Relevance, Potential Approaches, and Perspectives

    Pages 59-83

    Weyermann, Céline (et al.)

  • Non-contact Technologies and Digital Approaches to (Latent) Fingermark Aging Studies

    Pages 85-111

    Merkel, Ronny

  • Latent Fingermark Aging in 2D: Qualitative and Quantitative Analytical Approaches

    Pages 113-157

    De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Josep (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Technologies for Fingermark Age Estimations: A Step Forward
Editors
  • Josep De Alcaraz-Fossoul
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69337-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69337-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69336-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 377
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour
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