Bertillon system


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Bertillon system

An obsolete system for identifying criminal types that was formulated by A Bertillon (1853–1914), a French anthropologist, which based on various body measurements and physical parameters. It was superseded by digital fingerprinting, and more recently by DNA fingerprinting.

Bertillon,

Alphonse, chief of criminal investigation for Paris police, 1853-1914.
Bertillon system - identification system. Synonym(s): anthropometry
Bertillon cephalometer