The dermatoglyphics of American Negroes

F. S. Steinberg, James Cereghino, C. 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 7 yr olds examined and found free of chronic or other genetic diseases. The results were presented for the left and right hand separately as well as in terms of bilateral symmetry. The present results were 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
Publication statusPublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes


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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology

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