Koala Fingerprints are Nearly Indistinguishable from Human’s

February 26, 2013 at 2:00 am 1 comment

By Chad Upton | Editor

Dermatoplyphes or “fingerprints” are common among higher primates, but are present in only some other mammals.

Take whales for example. They’re mammals and they don’t have fingers (although the bones inside their flippers looks like fingers on an x-ray) but the pattern on the underside of their tail is still unique like a fingerprint.

Koala’s on the other hand do have fingers and they do have fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are so similar to human prints that even under an electron microscope they’re nearly indistinguishable from each other.

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Sources: naturalscience.com, whalewatchmaui.com

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