What determines your fingerprint pattern? © Getty Images

What determines your fingerprint pattern?

It's no secret that your fingerprint is individual to you, and it's been that way from before you were even born.

Asked by: Anonymous

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The general type of fingerprint you have – such as the mixture of whorls, arches and loops – is genetically determined, but your specific pattern is not. This is moulded in the uterus from about three months’ gestation – so even twins don’t have identical fingerprints. Wounds and scratches can obliterate part of a fingerprint, but it will still grow back to the same individual pattern.


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