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Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:21 am


NOTICE: Hand breath is usually measured at the metacarpals.


Which country has the largest hands in the world?


A funny list for a few countries - ranked by hand length (= palm length + middle finger length) + hand width (averages for males + females):

Nigeria - Hand length: 19.26 cm (= 12.0% of body height); hand breadth: 9.03 cm;
UK - Hand length: 18.75 cm (= 11.0% of body height); hand breadth: 8.25 cm;
Netherlands - Hand length: 18.70 cm (= 10.6% of body height); hand breadth: 8.5 cm;
USA - Hand length: 18.15 cm (= 10.6% of body height); hand breadth: 8.2 cm;
Mauritius - Hand length: 18.05 cm (= ??% of body height); hand breadth: 7.9 cm;
China - Hand length: 17.7 cm (= 10.9% of body height); hand breadth: 7.8 cm;
India - Hand length: ?? cm (= ??% of body height); hand breadth: ?? cm;
Japan - Hand length: 17.5 cm (= 10.6% of body height); hand breadth: 7.5 cm;

(Data for Indians is not included above because data is only available for females)


MORE DETAILS FOR EACH OF THESE POPULATIONS:

Nigeria - Average hand length (males + females): 19.26 cm
- hand length males: 19.7 - hand length females: 18.82;
- finger length: ?? cm (males: ??; females: ??);
- hand breadth: 9.03 (males: 9.20; females: 8.85);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): ?? % (males: ??; females: ??);
- 'hand index' = 46.9 (males: 46.7; females: 47.0)

- average body height = 160.8 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 12.0 %).

Sources:
- hands: source 1: page 4: http://ljs.academicdirect.org/A15/015_020.pdf
source 2: table 1: [url=http://www.ispub.com/journal/the_internet_journal_of_forensic_science/volume_3_number_1_58/article/sexual_dimorphism_in_hand_and_foot_length_indices_stature_ratio_and_relationship_to_height_in_nigerians.html>Nigerian hand data]Nigerian hand data[/url]
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height


NOTICE: Another (slightly smaller) study from Nigeria reported even larger figures for hand length.

UK - Average hand length (males + females): 18.75 cm
- hand length males: ?? - hand length females: ??;
- finger length: 8.0 cm (males: ??; females: ??);
- hand breadth: 8.25 (males: ??; females: ??);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): 76.7% (males: ??; females: ??);
- 'hand index' = 44.0 (males: ??; females: ??)

- average body height = 170 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 11.0 %).

Sources:
- hands, pages 242 + 244: http://books.google.com/books?id=eklpJbP71msC
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



Netherlands - Average hand length (males + females): 18.70 cm
- hand length males: 19.7 - hand length females: 17.7;
- finger length: ?? cm (males: ??; females: ??);
- hand breadth: 8.5 (males: 9.1; females: 7.9);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): ??% (males: ??; females: ??);
- 'hand index' = 45.4 (males: ??; females: ??)

- average body height = 176.7 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 10.6 %).

Source:
- hands + body height: http://dined.io.tudelft.nl/dined/



US - Average hand length (males + females): 18.15 cm
- hand length males: 18.9 cm - hand length females: 17.4 cm;
- finger length: 8.0 (males: 8.3 cm; females: 7.7 cm);
- hand breadth: 8.2 (males: 8.7 cm; females: 7.6 cm);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): 80.8% (males: 82.1%; females: 78.4%);
- 'hand index' = 45.2 (males: 46.0; females: 43.7)

- average body height (males + females) = 172 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 10.6 %).

Sources:
- hands, page 84: http://books.google.com/books?id=sId0U1abGuEC
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



Mauritius - Average hand length (males + females): 18.05 cm
- hand length males: 18.9 cm - hand length females: 17.2 cm;
- finger length: ?? (males: ??; females: ??);
- hand breadth: 7.9 cm (males: 8.4 cm; females: 7.5 cm);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): ?? (males: ??; females: ??);
- 'hand index' = 43.8 (males: 44.4; females: 43.6)

- average body height (males + females) = ?? cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = ??).

Sources:
- hands, table 1: http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/ijfs/vol1n2/hand.xml
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



China - Average hand length (males + females): 17.7 cm
- hand length males: 18.5 cm - hand length females: 17.0 cm;
- finger length: 7.7 (males: 8.0 cm; females: 7.4 cm);
- hand breadth: 7.8 (males: 8.2 cm; females: 7.3 cm);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): 78.0% (males: 78.1%; females: 76.1%);
- 'hand index' = 44.1 (males: 44.3; females: 42.9)

- average body height (males + females) = 163 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 10.9 %).

Sources:
- hands, pages 52 + 53: http://books.google.com/books?id=VbAQtY7CA9oC
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



India - Average hand length (males + females): ?? cm
- hand length males: ?? cm - hand length females: 16.96 cm);
- finger length: ?? (males: ?? cm; females: 7.6 cm);
- hand breadth: 7.5 (males: ?? cm; females: 6.8 cm);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): ?? % (males: ?? %; females: 72.6%);
- 'hand index' = ?? (males: ??; females: 40.1)

- average body height (females only) = 152 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = ... females only: 11.2 %).

Sources:
- hands, pages 3 + 4: http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2003/0606.pdf- body height http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



Japan - Average hand length (males + females): 17.5 cm
- hand length males: 18.3 cm - hand length females: 16.8 cm);
- finger length: 7.6 (males: 7.9 cm; females: 7.3 cm);
- hand breadth: 7.5 (males: 7.9 cm; females: 7.1 cm);
- palm shape (hand breadth vs. palm length ratio): 75.8% (males: 76.0%; females: 74.7%);
- 'hand index' = 42.8 (males: 43.1; females: 42.3)

- average body height (males + females) = 165 cm (hand length vs. body length ratio = 10.6 %).

Sources:
- hands, pages 52 + 53: http://books.google.com/books?id=VbAQtY7CA9oC
- body height: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height



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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:13 am

lol! ... one can make interesting observations from these data!


For example:

- All populations show that females have relatively longer fingers than men (however interestingly... only when compared to hand breadth; but not when compared for palm length, and neither for body length!!).

- All populations show that men have more 'square' shaped palms, but in the perspective of body length this sexe-difference is basically only the result of that men clearly have wider palms... but only slightly longer palms: resulting in that men have relatively larger palms than women have!

affraid ... Wow, this indicates that women do not really have (relatively) longer fingers than men: for, there appears to be only a sexe-difference in the "finger length vs. palm width ratio"!


- In the perspective of body height have the people from the UK the LARGEST HANDS, they also have the relatively SHORTEST FINGERS.when compared to their palm width and palm length! (But their fingers are not short at all in the perspective of their body height)

- In the perspective of full hand length and palm length (+ also the combination of palm length & palm width) have the Americans the relatively LONGEST FINGERS; however in the perspective of hand breadth have the Japanese the LONGEST FINGERS (because their palm has the shape of a rectangle).

- The Americans have the most squarish-shaped palm.

- - The Japanese clearly have the SMALLEST HANDS! And they also the most 'rectangle' shaped palms (= least squarish shaped)!


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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:23 pm


Hi Lynn, in the perspective of 'Elemental Handanalysis' ... I come to the following conclusions for the various nations:


The hands of British people show traces of a typical 'fire' handshape

(in the perspective of body length they have the longest hand length - with especially a relatively long palm, for their fingers are definitely short in the perspective of: palm width and palm length - but their fingers are slightly long in the perspective of their body height!)


The hands of Americans show traces of a mix of 'earth' + 'air' handshape

(they have the most squarish shaped palm - due to a relatively short palm; finger length is close to normal: slighly short when compard to body length + palm width + the combi of hand breadth & palm length, but they have the longest fingers when compared to hand length and palm length)


The hands of Chinese show traces of a mix of 'air' (+ 'water') handshape

(they have relatively large hands with especially a relatively large palm length: above average hand length + the widest palm in the perspective of body length; the fingers belong to the longest in the perspective of hand breadth, palm length & hand length and they have even the [u]longest finger length in perspective of body height)


The hands of Japanese show dominance of a typical 'fire' handshape

(they have the most rectangle shaped palm + the shortest fingers in the perspective of their body length, full hand length, and palm length).


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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Lynn on Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:40 pm

Martijn (admin) wrote:
Hi Lynn, in the perspective of 'Elemental Handanalysis' ... I come to the following conclusions for the various nations....

Hi Martijn, I'm not sure how you reached your conclusions.
To assess 5-element hand shape we need palm length, palm width (across centre of palm), length of middle finger.

eg for Uk we don't have the necessary data so impossible to assess handshape.

(edit)
The hands of Chinese show traces of a mix of 'fire' (+ 'water') handshape

Chinese study http://books.google.com/books?id=VbAQtY7CA9oC page 51,
measures palm width across metacarpals, not centre of palm.
chinese boys palm length 105mm, finger length 80.2mm = 76% so fingers aren't long enough to be water shape.

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Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:12 pm

Lynn wrote:
Martijn (admin) wrote:
Hi Lynn, in the perspective of 'Elemental Handanalysis' ... I come to the following conclusions for the various nations....

Hi Martijn, I'm not sure how you reached your conclusions.
To assess 5-element hand shape we need palm length, palm width (across centre of palm), length of middle finger.

eg for Uk we don't have the necessary data so impossible to assess handshape.
I reminded that I found that info a few months ago, and I have found it in the copy of the PI discussion - sorry, I have just edited/updated my analysis of the English characteristics.

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Post  Lynn on Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:23 pm

thanks Martijn, that makes more sense for uk
not sure if you saw my above edited msg re chinese.

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Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:30 pm

Lynn wrote:...
(edit)
The hands of Chinese show traces of a mix of 'fire' (+ 'water') handshape

Chinese study http://books.google.com/books?id=VbAQtY7CA9oC page 51,
measures palm width across metacarpals, not centre of palm.
chinese boys palm length 105mm, finger length 80.2mm = 76% so fingers aren't long enough to be water shape.
Yes Lynn,

All measurements for hand breadth/palm width are made at the metacarpals (I have included a comment with the picture in my first post).

Sorry, I had to edit my comment about the Chinese hands!


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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:28 pm

Lynn wrote:thanks Martijn, that makes more sense for uk
not sure if you saw my above edited msg re chinese.
Hi Lynn,

I have edited my messages quite a few times... but so far my conclusion is:

- The element 'earth' is most dominant in the Americans;
- The element 'fire' is most dominant in the Japanese, and to lesser degree also in Britains;
- The element 'air' is most dominant in the Chinese, and 2nd in the Americains;
- The element 'water' is 2nd most dominant in the Chinese.


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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Lynn on Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:33 pm

Thanks for your explanations Martijn.

I think it might be a mistake to attempt to identify element handshapes when hand width is measured at metacarpals. Body length isn't a factor in assessing hand shape.

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Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:59 pm

Yes Lynn,

I know that the elemental method doesn't include body length, and uses another approach for measuring palm width.

But the trouble is... without the consideration of body length, there will always be answered questions because 'everything is relative to everything'.

For example: how would you descriminate a large hand from a small hand...?

(Using other body parts ... doesn't solve the problem because the outcome will then depend on the characteristics of that other body part. Considering full body height is probably the only way to step out of the 'everything is relative to everything' problem.)


Regarding measuring palm width at the metacarpals... yes, I understand that this was never included as a part of assessing 'hand width' according the elemental approach.

But nevertheless... I think it's the most well-defined method that I have seen so far (and actually, I think ALL OTHER METHODS result in over-estimates of the 'true' palm width:: it can not be measured smaller than it is at the metacarpals...! ).


Finally, I hope we can agree that the materials in this discussion do provide a very nice 'international' perspective.. about how the 'average' palm really looks like in terms of finger length-, palm length- & palm width ratio!

PS. I hope to be able to include some Indian data as well.

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Post  Lynn on Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:38 pm

Martijn (admin) wrote:
I know that the elemental method doesn't include body length, and uses another approach for measuring palm width.
But the trouble is... without the consideration of body length, there will always be answered questions because 'everything is relative to everything'.
For example: how would you descriminate a large hand from a small hand...?
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Hand size in relation to body height is a separate assessment, irrespective of hand shape. Yes of course everything is relative to everything else, but we have to identify the individual pieces of the jigsaw before we can put them together.

Martijn (admin) wrote:Regarding measuring palm width... yes, I understand that this was never included as a part of assessing hand width according the elemental approach.

Hand width is important in 5-element approach, to ascertain hand shape ie is palm square or rectangular, and also to compare against finger length in combination hand shapes. But we always use width across centre of palm rather than metacarpals.

Martijn (admin) wrote:Finally, I hope we can agree that the materials in this discussion do provide a very nice 'international' perspective.. about how the 'average' palm really looks like in terms of finger length-, palm length- & palm width ratio!

Yes, of course! it is very interesting to compare such things across populations. Thanks.

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Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:00 pm

Lynn wrote:
Martijn (admin) wrote:Finally, I hope we can agree that the materials in this discussion do provide a very nice 'international' perspective.. about how the 'average' palm really looks like in terms of finger length-, palm length- & palm width ratio!

Yes, of course! it is very interesting to compare such things across populations. Thanks.
Thanks for confirming Lynn! flower


PS. Though I tried to described the major differences regarding the 'average' (medium) results... I think it is excellent to see that the differences are usually actually relatively small (except for some details).

And therefore I think it is very well possible to describe the basic characteristics for an 'average' international hand for males and females... because while the sexe-differences usually appear to be smaller than the differences between nations... I think only the sexe-related difference in 'finger length vs. palm width' is really a matter that one should include in any method!

This implicates that if we would start using a relative wide range for what can be recognized as normal - then one can probably use that for people in any nation!

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Post  Martijn (admin) on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:25 am


- Article titled: Comparative anthropometry of the hand:
Hand length, palm length, palm width, etc... data related to about 60.000 US army people (tables starting at page 29): http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA101070&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

- Article titled: Hand Anthropometry for Indian Women
Hand length, palm length, palm width, etc... data for 95 women, plus comparative data from other studies (including women from West India).
http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2003/0606.pdf

- Article titled: Hand anthropometry survey for the Jordanian population
Hand length, palm length, palm width, etc... data for 120 female + 115 male adults
http://www.eis.hu.edu.jo/deanshipfiles/pub10502689.pdf

- Article titled: Anthropometric Data of Hand, Foot and Ear of University Students in Nigeria
Hand length, palm width... unfortunately no finger length: data for 250 female + 250 male university students
http://ljs.academicdirect.org/A15/015_020.pdf

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

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I have just added the 'hand index' to the listings in the first post of this topic (see the GREEN numbers); you can read more about the 'hand index' and other sexe-related hand characteristics in the following post:
DISSERTATION STUDY: 'An Analysis of the Sexual Dimorphism of Hands'

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

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The following study from Nigeria shows that especially HAND LENGTH provides a clue about body height (see table 5: p<0.0001):
Sexual Dimorphism in Hand and Foot Length, Indices, Stature-ratio and Relationship to Height in Nigerians


PS. However this study also suggests that the FOOT LENGTH is a more reliable indicator for body height (table 6 presents a 'formula' to calculate body height from foot lengths and hand lengths).

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

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cheers ... Oh my god, interesting confirmation that 'hand shape' of various nations correlates with intelligence:

(This could become a 'tell-tale-story')

The new data CONFIRMS that there is a negative link between the 'hand index' the average IQ reported for most of these countries:

Japan: average IQ = 105, average 'hand index' = 42.8;
UK: average IQ = 100, average 'hand index' = 44.0;
China: average IQ = 100, average 'hand index' = 44.1;
USA: average IQ = 98; average 'hand index' = 45.2;
Netherlands: average IQ = 102; average 'hand index' = 45.4;
Nigeria: average IQ = 67; average 'hand index' = 46.9.

Sources for the IQ related data:
http://www.rlynn.co.uk/pages/article_intelligence/t4.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQ_and_the_Wealth_of_Nations


Only the data for the relatively 'underdeveloped' Mauritius & India doesn't confirm the link; though when putten in the perspective of the data from Nigeria (which could also be described as an 'underdeveloped' country) ... it could make sense!!:

India: average IQ = 81, average 'hand index' = ... females only: 40.1;
Mauritius: average IQ = 81, average 'hand index' = 43.8;
Nigeria: average IQ = 67, average 'hand index' = 46.9.



PS. thinking NOTICE: The data from Jordania can not be used because the 'hand breadth' was measured with an alternative methode which includes the thumb.


The map below displays the average IQ around the world:



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Post  Martijn (admin) on Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:55 pm


cheers cheers

... correcting the 'hand index' for the squarerooth of body length results in an even more impressive picture:

Japan: average IQ = 105, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.33;
Netherlands: average IQ = 102, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.41;
UK: average IQ = 100, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.37;
China: average IQ = 100, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.45;
USA: average IQ = 98; average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.45;
India: average IQ = 81, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = ... females only: 3.25;
Mauritius: average IQ = 81, average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = ??;
Nigeria: average IQ = 67; average 'hand index/(sqrt body height)' = 3.70.


Only the relatively small Indian female sample results do not fit in this body-height-corrected 'hand-index' model; but the data clearly suggests:

The average 'hand index' does provide a clue for the average intelligence of nations!

(Though of course: we have to be aware of that cultural development should play a role in this matter as well!)


PS. I have also added the Nigerian + Indian data in the first post of this topic.

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Lynn on Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:49 am

Martijn (admin) wrote:
(1) cheers ... Oh my god, interesting confirmation that 'hand shape' of various nations correlates with intelligence:

(This could become a 'tell-tale-story')

The new data CONFIRMS that there is a negative link between the 'hand index' the average IQ reported for most of these countries:

(2)....... correcting the 'hand index' for the squarerooth of body length results in an even more impressive picture:

wow Martijn, I haven't digested all the info but at first reading this is an amazing discovery! well done and thanks for all your research! Thumb up

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:48 am

Lynn wrote:
wow Martijn, I haven't digested all the info but at first reading this is an amazing discovery! well done and thanks for all your research! Thumb up

Thanks Lynn,

Yes, interesting stuff indeed... but just like in the '2d:4d digit ratio' (where any assessment should always be corrected for sexe & ethnicity)... we should be aware that any individual 'hand index' assessment should be corrected for: sexe, ethnicity + body length.

So, this might actually partly explain why so far the 'hand index' never really became a research object. It's a rather complex dimension of the hand (and you and I are aware than 'hand breadth' measurement is a rather complex measure on its own).


But I am exploring the possibility to combine 'hand index' with other related hand characteristics, such as the AtD-angle, and a new palmar dermatoglypic measure (that I will later describe with more details), plus some characteristics of the major palmar lines.

All these hand features appear to correlate with IQ (I am working on a growing database of statistics - which confirm the links).

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Upendrasingh Bhadoriya on Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:04 pm

Martijnji And Lynnji,
Namaste and Best regards.
I highly appreciate both of you for great efforts, data collection and thank you very much for healthy interaction only between you on Hand Index , I.Q. and their blending with formation as hand of nations. As an engineer I can say I.Q. graph is somewhat as a speed v/s fuel consumption graph. If hand index is decreased then I.Q. level is increased, after certain limit if it is decreased more I.Q. Level is also decreased. This notice is very critical “Hand breath is usually measured at the metacarpals, so the picture doesn't provide accurate information about that measurement.” It is not easy for palmists measure it at the metacarpals. If we put all people of nations in particular formats of hand it becomes funny to distinguish and to understand them.

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun May 22, 2011 12:44 pm


Hello Mister U.B.,

What you write about how to measure the hand breadth is very true, and your other consideration might also be significant... if a hand is far too small, it might indicate an anatomical problem (and not a high IQ).

Thanks!

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sun May 22, 2011 12:54 pm


I have found another source which provides info anthropometic hand data which represents the average for Europeans & Americans (based on the average for males and females taken from from sources that represent very large populations), see page 8:
http://www.baua.de/de/Publikationen/AWE/Band3/AWE108e.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=6


I have listed the 'hand indices' resulting from those average hand measurements in the picture below!


PS. The details regarding the dermatoglyphics are explained here:
http://www.multiperspectivepalmreading.com/palm-reading-common-hand-characteristics.htm



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... and after studying the details in various populations, I can add that the averages for the world population appear to very close to the following data (after also considering data from China & Japan):

- The world 'hand index' (palm breadth vs. hand length) = close to 44.0
- The world 'palm index' (palm breadth vs. palm length) = close to 78.0
- The world 'finger index 1' (finger length vs. palm length) = close to 76.0
- The world 'finger index 2' (finger length vs. palm width) = close to 97.0


PS. Unfortunately there is no data available about the body height of the Chinese & Japanese samples, so I was not able to describe the hand characteristics of those samples in the perspective of their body height.

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

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The content of this topic provided the basis for a brand new section at my website - presenting an introduction to the essence of finger length:

What can Finger Length reveal?

The article e.g. describes that when finger length is studied in the perspective of various dimensions of the palm, including length and bread... it turns out that people from India & Japan may have the longest fingers in the world!

(Though, so far based on a comparison between the finger lengths of people from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, UK, US and Vietnam)

Your thoughts & suggestions are welcome!

(Notice: the sub-sections are still under construction)

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Re: Which country has the largest hands in the world?

Post  Martijn (admin) on Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:13 pm


This Dutch website presents a anthropometry database for all regions around the world:
http://dined.io.tudelft.nl/en,international,6

(Hand length & hand breadt are included... EDIT: but based on the international studies that I have seen so far I think the hand-related numbers might not be reliable at all: e.g. Americans tend to have relatively wide palms - not narrow palms as suggested by this database!)


PS. Interesting, North Europe is not only the region with the tallest people, they also have the largest hands; the smallest 'hand index' (= relatively narrowest hands) is found in Latin America populations (+ North America & Japan)... and the largest 'hand index' (= relatively widest hands) is found in South China (West Africa, Eastern Europe & Australia).

PPS. Here's a list of data describing hand length versus stature (page 327: average hand length in various European populations is close to 11.5% of stature in both men and women - in western Europe the percentage is usually slightly smaller: close to11.3%).



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