Estimation of Stature from Hand Dimensions
Keywords:hand breadth, hand length, maximum hand breadth, palm length, stature estimation
Background: The objective of this study was to estimate stature from hand dimensions in the South Indian
population. It is a very useful tool in forensic anthropology where only incomplete skeletal remains or
mutilated limbs are present.
Method: The study was done using standard measuring apparatus such as stadiometer to measure stature,
and vernier callipers to measure hand length, palm length, hand breadth, and maximum hand breadth,
and included both males and females. Regression formula and correlation was derived between hand
measurements and stature.
Results: In this study, regression formula is derived with eight variables generalized for both males and females, S=
± 6.55977. Linear Regression equation for males and females have been derived separately with each of
the hand parameters.
Conclusion: In conclusion, hand measurements can be an effective tool in estimating stature for individuals
above 18 years of age.
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