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Dermatoglyphic Asymmetry and Testosterone Levels in Normal Males

Citation

Jamison, Cheryl Sorenson; Meier, Robert J.; & Campbell, Benjamin C. (1993). Dermatoglyphic Asymmetry and Testosterone Levels in Normal Males. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 90(2), 185-98.

Abstract

Dermatoglyphic prints and salivary samples were taken on a sample of 39 adult males. A statistical relationship between dermatoglyphic asymmetry and adult testosterone levels as measured in saliva was examined for seven dermatoglyphic variables by means of correlation, regression, and analysis of covariance, controlling for age and stature when necessary. The first two types of analyses indicated a significant effect of testosterone level upon the asymmetry of three dermatoglyphic variables: a-b ridge count, palmar pattern intensity, and the combined pattern intensity of palm and digits. Analysis of covariance, which examined the effect of testosterone level as a categorical variable, while holding age or stature constant, demonstrated the asymmetry of five variables to be significantly affected by testosterone level: radial digital count, digital pattern intensity, palmar pattern intensity, total digital ridge count, and the combined palmar and digital intensity. Although there is as yet only associational evidence linking levels of prenatal and secondary testosterone, the results of the present study lend support to the hypothesis that prenatal testosterone levels may have a significant effect on the development of dermatoglyphics.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.1330900205

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Author(s)

Jamison, Cheryl Sorenson
Meier, Robert J.
Campbell, Benjamin C.

Year Published

1993

Volume Number

90

Issue Number

2

Pages

185-98

Reference ID

40