Presented at the conference for Shoeprint and Toolmark Examiners Noordwijkerhout, 24 April 1997.
The subject of my presentation for this conference is ear research / ear identification. It concerns not only the research into the adversity of ears but also the finding of earprints especially in relation to committed penal acts. My further reasoning will be separated into four parts.
1. A piece of history according to ear research and what is known about that subject in literature.
2. The history of ear research in the Netherlands in which I will indicate the present state of affairs.
3. International developments (as far as I’m concerned).
4. The criminological value of earprints in the future, especially my views on the internationalization of earprint research, standard norms and co-operation. Continue reading