Estimation of stature from index and ring finger length in Davangere district


  • G. M. Raju Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, J.J.M. Medical Collage, Davangere, Karnataka, India
  • Shahina Shahina
  • Sarvesh Dubey
  • V. Vijayanath



Forensic anthropology, Stature, Human identification, Finger length


Background: Estimation of stature plays a special role in the field of forensic medicine and forensic anthropology. Present study was designed to investigate the ability of estimating stature from right index and ring finger length.  

Methods: The study was carried out by taking the measurement of index and ring finger length of right hand and individual’s actual height of 250 medical students (125 males and 125 females) of 18 to 25 years of age. The study was carried out in department of forensic medicine and toxicology at SSIMS & RC Davangere, Karnataka state, India. Obtained data was analysed statistically to establish the relationship between a person’s index and ring finger length of right hand and stature.

Results: Regression equation and ‘P’ values were obtained. A moderate correlation was observed between index and ring finger length of right hand and calculated height of an individual which is statistically highly significant.

Conclusion: The present study would be useful for anthropologists, Investigating Officer (IO) and forensic experts.


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