Geek Trivia

Which Creature’s Fingerprints Are Virtually Indistinguishable From A Human’s?

Koala Bears
What Substance Is A Key Component In Both Black and White Photography and Jell-O?

Answer: Koala Bears

Textured ridges on the tips of the fingers, or fingerprints, are a common trait among primates. Humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas all have them. We could say that fingerprints are distinct to the primate family, except for their presence on Koala Bears, those adorable Australian marsupials.

Even more interesting is that among all other animals with fingerprints, it is the koala that has prints most similar to those of humans. So similar, in fact, that beneath the eye of a trained forensics specialist or even an electron microscope, they appear indistinguishable from each other.