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Index and ring finger ratio--a new sex determinant in south Indian population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18814978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Identification of human remains is an imperative element of any medicolegal investigation, and a challenging task for forensic experts and physical anthropologists worldwide. Three hundred adult hands (150 males and 150 females) belonging to south Indian population were studied to investigate sexual dimorphism of the index and ring finger ratio. The index and ring finger ratio is derived by dividing the index finger length by ring finger length. The index and ring finger ratio is found to be higher in females. Index and ring finger ratio < or =0.9700 identified 80% of males for both hands, and ratio >0.9700 identified 74% females for the right hand and 78% for the left hand accurately. This study may prove useful to determine the sex of an isolated hand when it is subjected for medicolegal examination.
Tanuj Kanchan; G Pradeep Kumar; Ritesh G Menezes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-09-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  181     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-21     Completed Date:  2010-04-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53.e1-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 575001, India.
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MeSH Terms
Fingers / anatomy & histology*
Forensic Anthropology / methods*
Middle Aged
Sex Determination by Skeleton / methods*

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