Bi5402 Dermatoglyphics

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. RNDr. Miroslav Králík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Linda Koníková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Anna Škultétyová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Miroslav Králík, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. RNDr. Miroslav Králík, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Anthropology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Thu 14:00–15:50 Bp1,01007
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims to familiarize students with the history, methods and applications of dermatoglyphics and to teach them to analyze human fingerprints and palmprints.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- describe the characteristics of epidermal ridges and dermatoglyphics;
- define and use the methods of fingerprinting; - explain the ontogenesis, phylogenesis and function of papillary terrain (friction skin);
- analyze the relation of dermatoglyphic features to other biological properties of the organism;
- specify the application of fingerprints in medicine, forensic science, biometrics and paleodermatoglyphics;
- analyze fingerprints and palm prints by standard dermatoglyphic methods using modern technical and computer means
  • Theoretical block
  • Overview of dermatoglyphics (theory and methods).
  • 1. Introduction, morphology, histology, development and function of the friction skin (papillary terrain),definition of dermatoglyphics;
  • 2. History of dermatoglyphics, basic dermatoglyphics terminology, dermatoglyphics of fingeprints;
  • 3. Dermatoglyphics of palmprints and footprints;
  • 4. Variability of dermatoglyphic features (side, sex populational etc.);
  • 5. Heredity of dermatoglyphic features, relationships between dermatoglyphics and diseases, dermatoglyphics as prenatal markers;
  • 6. Police fingerprinting (dactyloscopy), biometrics
  • 7. Paleodermatoglyphics;
  • Practical block: Practice in dermatoglyphics: recording of fingerprints and dermatoglyphic analysis in the Dermatoglyphix software.
  • 8. Computer program Dermatoglyphix, practicing fingerprint analysis on “dry run” fingerprints;
  • 9. Practicing fingerprint analysis on “dry run” palmprints;
  • 10. Recording of fingerprints and palmprints by means of the traditional ink method;
  • 11. Analysis of fingerprints and palmprints;
  • 12. Analysis of fingerprints and palmprints;
  • 13. Analysis of fingerprints and palmprints;
  • Králík M., Klíma O., Polcerová L. (v přípravě): Dermatoglyphix 2.0. Computer program for traditional and new dermatoglyphic analysis. Brno: Masaryk University.
  • Králík M., Polcerová L., Klíma O., eds.(v přípravě): Dermatoglyfika. Ústav antropologie, Přírodovědecká Fakulta, Masarykova Univerzita.
  • Králík M., Novotný V. (2003): Epidermal ridge breadth: an indicator of age and sex in paleodermatoglyphics. Variability and Evolution, 11: 530.
  • Pospíšil M.F. (1974): Základy dermatoglyfiky. Prírodovedecká fakulta Univerzity Komenského, Bratislava.
Teaching methods
Within the course the student learn in form of practical training with comments and supervision by the lector.
Assessment methods
Credit at the end of the course is awarded for practical knowledge presented in protocols on specified areas of practical training. The final evaluation is based on the practical protocols and test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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