estimation of stature from head length in living adults in marathwada region of maharashtra

Research Article
Anjali Prasad, .V B Bhagwat,.Abhishek Kumar ,.D S Joshi
Anatomist, anthropologist, forensic, Human stature and Head length

Introduction: - Growth - the vital process is measured by measuring the height of a person, which itself is a sum of length of certain bones and appendages of the body represent certain relationship with form of proportion to the total stature. Assessment of height from different parts of body by anthropometric study of skeleton is an area of interest to anatomist, anthropologist and forensic expert. Aims :- Aim of present study is to estimate stature from head length, to derive correlation between two, to derive regression formulae.

Method and Materials: - The present study was carried out on 250 (125 males and 125 females) medical students Government Medical College of Maharashtra in the age group of 18 – 28 years. The parameters studied were stature and head length. The observation were analysed by Pearson’s correlation to examine the relationship between head length and stature according to gender.

Results: - The mean ages of the study subjects (male 21.192 ± 3.25 and female 21.02 ± 3.22) were not significantly different between genders. Mean head lengths of the male were significantly larger than that of the females of all ages. Positive Correlation was found between stature and head length 0.26 in males and 0.22in females and 0.44 in both sexes together.

Conclusion:- Definite proportion exist between the stature and head length in all individuals.