Digital dermatoglyphics of 107 Bengalis

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  • Leslie Y. Morgan

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    1. Colby College, Waterville, Maine 04901
    2. Department of Medical Genetics, The Children's Medical Center, 1735 Chapel Street, Dayton, Ohio 45404
    • B.A., Children's Medical Center, 1735 Chapel Street, Dayton, Ohio 45404
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Abstract

I analyzed the finger prints of 59 male and 48 female unrelated Bengalis in a rehabilitation camp of Dacca, Bangladesh. The most common pattern type in the Bengalis was the ulnar loop (53%), then whorls (40%); arches (5%) and radial loops (2%) were the least common. Radial loops occurred most frequently on the index fingers. I have shown the arch/whorl, whorl/loop, and pattern intensity indices, and I have presented ridge counts by individual digits and by total digital ridge count. Digital dermatoglyphics in the male Bangladeshis were similar to previous findings in male Brahmins of Bengal. However, there were more whorls and arches, fewer loops, and a higher mean total digital ridge count in the female Bangladeshis than in female Brahmins.

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