The dermatoglyphics of American Negroes

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

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Digital and palmar dermatoglyphics of 184 male and 224 female normal American Negroes were evaluated for digital patterns, digital ridge counts, palmar patterns, palmar main line terminations, accessory triradii and palmar creases. All subjects were seven year olds examined and found free of chronic or other genetic diseases. The results were presented for the left and right hand for the most part comparable to those of the African and other American Negro groups reported earlier. The distributions of the various dermatoglyphic features among the Negroes taken as a group were compared to those of the other racial groups and their differences were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1975
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Fingerprints
  • Negro dermatoglyphics
  • Palmprints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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