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3.8. Physical evidence and personal characteristics.-

Of course, physical evidence1 is of infinite variety; it may include blood, hair, ammunition and firearms, soil, the human voice and fingerprints. Personal characteristics used for the identification of criminals are-roughly in order of precision-the following2:

(1) blood group;

(2) colour of the hair;

(3) voice;

(4) general appearances;

(5) shape and size and arrangement of the teeth and bones; and

(6) fingerprints.

1. Para. 2.3, supra.

2. H.J. Watts Forensic Medicine, (1968), p. 106.

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