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J Forensic Leg Med. 2010 Apr;17(3):156-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2009.12.004. Epub 2010 Jan 29.

Stature estimation from hand and phalanges lengths of Egyptians.

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Forensic Medicine & Toxicology Dept., Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Minia, Egypt. <>


Estimation of stature from extremities plays an important role in identifying the deceased in forensic examinations. This study examines the relationship between stature and hand and phalanges lengths among Egyptians. Stature, hand and phalanges lengths of 159 subjects, 82 males and 77 females (18-25years) were measured. Statistical analysis indicated that bilateral variation was insignificant for all measurements. Sex differences were significant for all measurements. Linear and multiple regression equations for stature estimation were calculated. Correlation coefficients were found to be positive, but little finger measurements of male and distal phalanges of female fingers were not correlated with stature. Regression equations were checked for accuracy by comparing the estimated stature and actual stature.

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