Wondering what in the world is dermatoglyphics?

For starters, dermatoglyphics is combination of the words “derma” and “glyphs”. Derma is an ancient Greek word for skin while glyphs which means carving.

Simply put, dermatoglyphics is the scientific study of fingerprints.

The term, dermatoglyphics was coined by Dr. Harold Cummins, who is widely regarded as the father of American fingerprint analysis.

But dermatoglyphics had been in use for hundreds of use before Dr. Harold gave it a name.

When it All Started

It all started in 1823 when scientists discovered that there was a correlation between our fingerprints and our inborn abilities. Further medical researches proved this to be true.

According to research, our fingerprints and sole prints start forming at 13 weeks while still in the womb and by the time we get week 21 in our foetal developmental stage, they are both fully formed.

During this early stage, the growth of the lines and ridges on the fingerprints and the brain both happen at the same time.

Once the fingerprints are formed, it stays that way for life and never changes. Change only occur during the development stage and it’s largely influence by genetic and environment factor.

How the Deduction Was Arrived At

The above deduction is based upon the following:

  • Genetics
  • Embryology
  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Neuroscience

Additionally, the following standard scientific methods were adopted:

  • Observation
  • Recording
  • Classification methods
  • Clinical experience
  • Integration of multiple intelligence


Like a Map

Dermatoglyphics is like a map showing our innate intelligence and unique abilities. A careful exploration and use of this “map” will reveal to us inborn potentials, characteristics, makeup, strengths, and we will be able to fully understand and appreciate each other’s uniqueness, qualities and differences.

More importantly, we will be able to customize and personalize each individual development in a way that is consistent with his or her learning and communication styles and use them in areas where they are certain to excel.

Fingerprints Reflects Your Brain IQ

According to the British “Sunday Times”, scientists from University of Barcelona, Spain conducted a study based on 140 children’s fingerprints concluded that different fingerprint patterns reflect a person’s brain IQ. They discovered that people that are mentally challenged tend to have fingerprints that are different from the rest of the people.

During the study, scientists found that the 140 mentally challenged children have more arch and whorl fingerprint patterns. Moreover, they tend to have more anomalous lines on their palm compare to other standard children.

Creative Uses

Dermatoglyphics have been creatively used in different scenarios – to fight crimes, select sporting talents for the Olympics, discover career path, identify preferred learning styles, and many more.


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