ISSN: 2319-5835 

A Study on Finger and Palmar Dermatoglyphics of the Mishing of Assam, India

Corresponding Author: Juri Borah, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Gurucharan College, Silchar, Assam, 788004.
Email: juriborah571@gmail.com

Juri Borah¹*, Alpana Phukan² and Sarthak Sengupta³

¹Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Gurucharan College, Silchar, Assam, 788004.
²Student, Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, 786004
³Former Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, 786004

Manuscript Timeline
Submitted: July 20, 2021
Accepted: November 16, 2021
Published: November 21, 2021

Frontier Anthropology, 2021, 10: 17-25
©Anthropological Society of Manipur

                                                               

Original Article

KEYWORDS Finger, Palm, Ridge count, Mishing, Tribe, Assam

ABSTRACT
Objectives: The study records finger and palmar typological ridge configurations, digital and palmar ridge count, principal palmar mainline termination, C line termination, and flexion crease pattern in the palm of the Mishings of Assam, India. The results of the present study are compared with the available materials from other population groups of Assam to assess the inter-group heterogeneity.
Material and Methods: The present study is based on the finger and palm print data of 123 Mishing individuals (male = 62, female 61) collected from Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts (Assam), following standard methods.
Results: The present sample shows a good deal of bimanual and bisexual dimorphism regarding several fingers and palmar dermatoglyphic traits. Each sex and population sample considered in the present comparative evaluation exhibit distinct patterns for finger and palmar dermatoglyphic traits.
Discussion: The population under study shows marked inter-population variation, and the analysis of finger pattern types situate in contrast with the conclusion drawn from palmar dermatoglyphic data. Conclusion: More intensive investigations are required to understand the ethnic variability concerning dermatoglyphic properties in all details.

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