Human-like Fingerprints

Human-like Fingerprints


Fingerprints of koalas are almost identical to human ones.


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What's a forensic investigator's worst nightmare? Hint: It's a whole lot cuter than whatever you were imagining.

A crime in a zoo's koala cage would probably confound the efforts of even the best detectives. Why? Because koalas, doll-sized marsupials that climb trees with babies on their backs, have fingerprints that are almost identical to human ones. Not even careful analysis under a microscope can easily distinguish the loopy, whirling ridges on koalas' fingers from our own.


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