Bare footprint analysis in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Flexen, Gaye Anne en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-13T01:38:46Z en
dc.date.available 2010-08-13T01:38:46Z en
dc.date.issued 1999 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (MSc--Forensic Science)--University of Auckland, 1999 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/5921 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis was designed to investigate bare footprint umqueness, ethnic and gender influences on morphology, and the ability to identify a person from the impression left on the insole of their shoe. Morphological differences were observed and canonical variate analysis succeeded in showing that gender/ethnic differences existed. Regression equations were calculated for length measurements and ball and heel widths as they were most closely correlated with height. A blind experiment was conducted to test the accuracy of the methodology. Results showed that an identification can be made using measurements and morphological comparisons when the unknown print is from a limited number of people. Identification of a person from the footprint left on an insole proved to be less than successful, despite attempts with various lighting and chemical enhancement techniques. A New Zealand case study produced an awareness of the potential difficulties when comparing prints made in different mediums. Furthermore, poor quality footprints taken from deceased persons' created problems in the comparative process. Despite these factors, identification was possible as the number of people who potentially made the prints was limited. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA932161 en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Digital thesis only available to University Staff and Students. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Bare footprint analysis in New Zealand en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.description.version Examination Version en
dc.rights.holder The author en


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