Stone throwers might toss fingerprints into police hands

By Erika Engelhaupt, 17:25 PM March 18, 2014

He who throws the first stone might now be identified by his fingerprints. A new study of fingerprinting methods overturns the common wisdom among police and forensic experts that much like blood, you can’t get prints from a stone.  

By matching fingerprint-finding techniques to the local geology, it is possible to get latent fingerprints from at least some stones, according to a study published February 6 in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. The researchers are forensic scientists working for...

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