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Bertillon System

Alphonse Bertillon, considered one of the first modern scientific criminologists, became Paris’ Chief of the Department of Judicial Identity in 1880. He standardized a method of measurement of the features of criminals and of crime scenes into a formulaic theory called “anthropometry” or the Bertillon system. Anthropometry was based on the classification of skeletal and other body measurements and statistics. Bertillon was also noted for his detailed photographs of crime scenes and mug shots. By 1888 France had adopted the system but it later became obsolete due to the much more precise science of fingerprinting.

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