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The patterns of hand clasping in different ethnic groups

The patterns of hand clasping in different ethnic groups

Human Biology 37(3): 312-319

A family and population survey of the pattern of hand clasping in 7 ethnic groups has shown some population differences in the frequency with which the right thumb is uppermost but no familial associations or sex differences. It is suggested that habit rather than the genetic constitution determines the pattern of an individual. The groups tested were Chinese (Hong Kong), Japanese (Tokyo), Filipinos (Manila), Australia aborigines (Darwin), New Guinea natives (Rabaul, New Britain and the Western Highlands), Indians (ship crews in Sydney Harbour) and white Australians (N. S. W.).

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PMID: 5836191

DOI: 10.2307/41448736

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