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Papillary hand patterns’ system in the structure of the general human constitution

Slavolyubova I.A., Yudina A.M., Filkin I.A.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Anthropology, Leninskie Gory, 1–12, Moscow, 119234, Russia

Slavolyubova Irina A., PhD, senior lecturer,; Yudina Anastasia M., Researcher,; Fil’kin Ivan A., Researcher,


Materials and methods. The article presents the results of a complex anthropological survey of 149 young men from Mordovia (Russian and Mordovian). The complexity of the papillary relief is evaluated by the total number of palms’, fingers’, and hands’ triradii. In addition to classical anthropometric features, bioimpedance estimates of body composition were used in the study. Pulse, blood pressure, vital lungs capacity, hand strength, and the morphophysiological adaptation level were also used. The psychological part of the survey included tests for personal and situational anxiety’, depressiveness, stress resilience, subjective well-being, aggressiveness (including hostility, anger, and physical aggression). Factor analysis, the method of canonical correlations and pairwise nonparametric connections were used to find correlations and interactions. Results. Distribution shape of almost all characteristics (apart from body length) are similar in Russian and Mordvinian men, so it was possible to combine samples. Aggressiveness and hostility levels are changing with age. Correlations between all constitutional features’ as well as their complexes were found. Weak negative associations of fingers’ and hands’ triradii with anger and aggressiveness in the absence of reliable dependences with other psychological characteristics were found. Papillary hand patterns have low but significant correlations with complexes of somatic and psychological features. Factor analysis illustrates relative independence of hand’ patterned intensity variation from constitutional features. Discussion. Certain trends can be found in low and few connections between total dermatoglyphic features and the constitutional characteristics of another nature: for example, several palmar triradii are bigger in massive youngsters with developed musculoskeletal and fatty components of the physique. The psychological characteristics of young men are practically not associated with somatic and functional traits. Conclusion. Dermatoglyphic features reflecting the hands’ patterned intensity are isolated from the rest of general human constitution.


dermatoglyphics; hands’ triradii; physique; functional and psychological characteristics

DOI: 10.32521/2074-8132.2018.3.080-089

Цит.: Slavolyubova I.A., Yudina A.M., Filkin I.A. Papillary hand patterns’ system in the structure of the general human constitution // Moscow University Anthropology Bulletin (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria XXIII. Antropologia), 2018; 3/2018; с. 80-89

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