Variations on dermal ridges in nine population groups of Maharashtra, India: G. intra-and interpopulation diversity

K. C. Malhotra, R. Chakraborty, B. V. Bhanu, P. M. Fulmali

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From rolled fingerprints of 646 males belonging to nine endogamous groups of Maharashtra, India, the intra-and interpopulation variability is studied by considering three traits: Total finger ridge count (TFRC), absolute total finger ridge count (ATFRC) and finger pattern intensity index (FPII). Complete distributions are reported for the three major clusters: Five caste Hindus, three tribes, and the Parsees. Dermatoglyphic distances computed by Mahalanobis’ D-are compared with genetic distances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Heredity
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1980



  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Maharashtrian populations
  • Pattern intensity index
  • Ridge count

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