Finger and palmar dermatoglyphic study among the Yorubas in Jos, Nigeria

AKINGBADE, A.M. and Saalu, Linus C. and Akunna, Gabriel G. and Anderson, Enye Linus and Olusolade, F.S (2014) Finger and palmar dermatoglyphic study among the Yorubas in Jos, Nigeria. Annals of Bioanthropology, 2 (2). pp. 49-53.


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Introduction: Palm prints and toe prints are epidermal ridges that form early in fetal life and are unique to each individual. This means that they can be used for personal identification in criminal investigations. They are useful in diagnosis since recurring abnormal patterns are often seen in a variety of genetic syndromes. Materials and Methods: In this study, the palm prints of 170 young Yoruba students consisting of 75 males aged between 8 years and 19 years, and 95 females aged between 7 years and 18 years were used for the measurement of the ADT angle, AB ridge count (ABRC), and total ridge count (TRC) after informed consent. The patterns were obtained using the ink method and these were taken on white duplicating paper. The ridges were counted using hand lens and needle while the ADT angles were measured with a protractor. Results: The finding of higher values of ABRC (70.77), TRC (123.07), and the average ADT angle (40.42) in female Yorubas compared with males were 68.31, 122.39, and 39.29, respectively, and is in conflict with the results of most of the studies documented in other scientific journals. Conclusion: Our study without a doubt confirms that anthropometric dissimilarities subsist based on sex. The data submitted herein can provide useful information to the forensic investigators and scientist in solving cases especially when it involves individuals from the Yoruba ethnic group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dermatoglyphics, fingerprints, forensic science, palm prints, Yorubas
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Tayo Okunlola
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 09:39
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 09:39

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