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Can Two People Have the Same Fingerprint?

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Just as no two people are the same, no two people have the same fingerprints. Even identical twins have different fingerprint patterns, despite sharing nearly all of their DNA.

 

In fact, you yourself have a different fingerprint on each of your fingers.

 

But how does that happen?

 

How Fingerprints are Formed

Your fingerprints were formed before you were ever born.

 

As a baby develops in the womb, fingers grow. Along with them, waves form on the surface that eventually become the fingerprint pattern a person will have for their entire life.

 

While DNA does factor into making fingerprints unique, the environment impacts the formation of the prints the most. Temperature, position, and even the amount the baby moves all play a role in the shape and depth of fingerprints.

 

Why Fingerprints Change Over a Lifetime

Although the pattern is formed before a person is born, fingerprints can change over the course of a lifetime. A fingerprint can fade with age (younger people have much more defined prints than elderly), become worn from use, or change appearance due to scars from injuries.

 

Although these characteristics will evolve overtime, the fingerprint pattern itself will remain completely unique to the individual.

 

What Your Fingerprint Says About You

While fingerprints are used most-often for identification and Memorial Keepsakes, many people believe that a person’s fingerprint says a lot about their personality. In fact, there are three main types of fingerprint patterns (Loop, Whorl, and Arch), each of which are thought to represent certain character traits.

 

Your Unique Fingerprint

Your fingerprint is a truly one-of-a-kind representation of who you are. It is as unique as you are, which is something to be celebrated.

 

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