State of Dermatoglyphics - The Science of Finger and Palm Prints

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A hereditary polydactyl in a mouse provides an opportunity to study the effects of this malformation on the surrounding morphological structures and, specifically, on the volar pads, i.e., the sites over which the dermatoglyphic patterns develop. In view of the similarities in the morphology and fetal development of human and mouse hands/feet, the present study is relevant to human subjects, particularly to the understanding of the significance of dermatoglyphic variations in individuals with specific medical disorders. International contributors from Canada, Croatia, Cuba, India, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela expand dermatoglyphic knowledge into areas of gene marker determination and populational analysis.


“The current collection of studies . . . demonstrates the diverse ways in which dermatoglyphics can be used to understand a number of problems in human variability. . . . Among the many studies in this volume, the authors demonstrate the continuing strength of dermatoglyphics as a tool for studying genetic inheritance and the historical linkages of populations. Equally significantly, they provide new clues to individual susceptibility to a variety of diseases, health risks and behavioral tendencies, aside from these traditional uses of dermatoglyphics the contributions include diverse studies showing that some rodents are useful as experimental models for the study of medical disorders. . . . the book is a tour de force of renect studies using dermatoglyphic methods.” – Paul T. Baker, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Genetics and Dermatoglyphics:
Digital Dermatoglyphic Patterns of the Piaro and Genetic Relationships Among Several South American Indian Populations (Elisabetta Marini, Emanuele Sanna, Giorgio Paili, Luis Pericchi, Luca Taglioli, and Giovanni Floris)
A Major Gene for Radial Pattern Inheritance (Nishi Singh and B. V. Bhanu)
Inheritance of Thenar/1st Interdigital Pattern (Hemlata Pisal and B. V. Bhanu)
Analysis of Quantitative Dermatoglyphic Traits of the Digito-Palmar Complex in Carcinomas (Jasna Milicic, Radomir Pavicevic, Mira Halbauer and Bozena Sarcevic)
Clinical Dermatoglyphics:
Dermatoglyphic Asymmetry in Autistic Basques: Discriminant Analysis (M. Isabel Arrieta, Teresa Nunez, Begona Criado, Begona Martinez, Mercedes Telez and Carlos M. Lostao)
Digital and Palmar Dermatoglyphics in Diabetes Mellitus, Multiple Sclerosis and Essential Hypertension (Giovanni Floris, Elisabetta Marini, Marco Melis, Giuseppina Mulliri, Assunta Porcedda and Elena Usai)
Dermatoglyphic Analysis of Monozygotic Twins Discordant for Sexual Orientation (Lynn S. Hall)
Inter-Digital Relationships of Finger Pattern Types in Japanese Twin Pairs (Kunihiko Kimura)
Palmar and Plantar Pads and Flexion Creases of Genetic Preaxial Polydacytly (PDN) Mice (Sumiko Kimura, Ichiro Naruse, Blanka A. Schaumann, Chris C. Plato, Masahisa Shimada and Kohei Shiota)
Fetal and Postnatal Development of Palmar, Plantar and Digital Pads and Flexion Creases of the Rat (Sumiko Kimura, Blanka A. Schaumann, Chris S. Plato, Masahisa Shimada and Kohei Shiota)
Anthropological Population Studies:
Dermatoglyphics in Eastern Adriatic Islands (Croatia) (Jasna Milicic)
Social Perceptions and Biological Realities: An Evaluation (Ripudaman Singh)
Dermatoglyphic Variation Among Siberian Groups (Miyo Yokota)
Digital Dermatoglyphics as a Basis to Find Biological Relationships Among Sardinian Linguistic Groups of Females (Emanuele Sanna, Elena Usai and Giovanni Floris)
Dermatoglyphic Variation Among Ethnic Groups of Mongolia (Dashtseveg Tumen)
Locating T Position on Palm: A New Method (B. V. bhanu)
A Computerized Dermatoglyphics-Based Analysis and Calculation System (Mayra Hernandez-Iglesias, Irene Niubo-Jorge, Grisel Ayuso-Mesa, Angel Cruz-Hernandez and Marta Acosta-Sabates)
Epilogue (Ralph M. Garruto)

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