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Skin facts worth knowing. Part 2

Posted by Melinda Fick on

Skin facts worth knowing. Part 2

They have been with you from before you were born. You may not give them any thought, but how much do you know about your fingerprints? Fingerprints are formed in the womb. During the second trimester of pregnancy, the middle layer of skin begins to grow faster than the outer and inner layers. This causes the skin of the finger pads to fold and buckle. Other factors that are responsible for the formation of fingerprints include the movements of the foetus, their position in the womb and the density of the amniotic fluid. They will be fully formed by the...

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