The dermatoglyphics of American Caucasians

Chris C. Plato, James J. Cereghino, Florence S. Steinberg

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Digital and palmar dermatoglyphics were collected from 360 male and 360 female seven year old Caucasians from the greater Boston area. All participants were screened and found to be free of minor anomalies or chronic diseases. All individuals with I.Q. scores below 70 were also excluded. The results were presented in such a way as to give information on bilateral symmetry as well as overall frequencies of the various dermatoglyphic features. The results were compared with those of the corresponding sample of seven year old normal male and female Negrose of the accompanying report. A review of the distribution of the dermatoglyphic features in different Caucasian populations has also been presented and the overall dermatoglyphics of the Caucasians were discussed in reference to the distribution of the same features in the other major “racial” groups. The method of collection and selection of the subjects, described in the text, makes this set of data unique and one of the most suitable for use as controls in studying the dermatoglyphics of the individuals with diseases or congenital anomalies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-210
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1975
Externally publishedYes


  • Caucasian dermatoglyphics
  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Fingerprints
  • Palmprints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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