Institut de Police Scientifique et de Criminologie, Batiment de chimie, Lausanne-Dorigny,
The Forensic Science Service, Trident Court, Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park, Solihull,
The Forensic Science Service, London,
(Received 9 November 2000; accepted 1 March 2001)
The use of earmarks as evidence in criminal trials appears to be expanding, but there is something of a dearth of peer-reviewed scientific publications to support the pursuit. This paper is a critical review of the current literature in which we emphasize the weaknesses of the present state of knowledge. Some research directions are proposed to gather statistical knowledge of the within-source and between-source variability of earmarks and earprints. Its ultimate goal is to be able to assess likelihood ratios in relation to this type of evidence.
Paper ID: JFS15146J