Estimation of stature from middle finger length-in Salem region

S. Sasi Kumar, Pavanchand Shetty, Shankar

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Estimation of stature is considered to be important in those cases like only fragmented and mutilated remains of unknown person are recovered. Many previous studies have been done to estimate the stature using length of different long bones. The present study is an effort to establish correlation between middle finger length and stature. The study was conducted on students from the Vinayaka Mission Kirupanada Variyar Medical College aged between 16-22 years. Standing height and Middle finger length of 150 subjects were measured. Measurements were analysed statistically to establish relationship between Middle finger lengths with stature. Correlation co efficient between stature and middle finger length found to be positive. Regression equation was derived from using this (equation presented) We derived the formula for middle finger length for male as Y=3.70X+135.39 and for female as Y=4.33X+129.26. Y stands for standing height and x for middle finger length. By putting value of x in different situations stature are calculated and compared with corresponding real standing height.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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