Fluctuating asymmetry of hand and foot dimensions among University girl students from Bilaspur, India

S Datta Banik, M Ghritlahre, S Das, K Bose, Sudip Datta Banik
Human Biology Review   unpublished
Asymmetry of bilateral measurements in human body is a common phenomenon and low asymmetry predicts canalization and developmental stability of morphological characteristics. Methods: A study was done in 2012 on fluctuating asymmetry (FA) of hands and feet (length and breadth) among 135 girl students, aged 18-22 years in a University in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. Results: Mean individual absolute FA was 0.01 for each bilateral trait. Paired difference between two sides of hand and foot
more » ... sions was not significant except for hand breadth (t= 2.03, p< 0.05). Correlation between bilateral measurements of hands and feet (length and breadth) was significant (p< 0.05) and asymmetry was marginal. In conclusion, low bilateral asymmetry and high correlation between sides indicate canalization, similarities in environmental as well as developmental-genetic programs for these dimensions of hands and feet.