How your finger length relates to your body height!

December 9, 2008

Finger length.

Finger length appears to be related to body height.

Finger length relates to body height:

Earlier this year a Turkish study reported that in a sample of 386 right handed students, body height was found to correlate negatively with the right- and left hand digit ratios (significant for the left hand in men, and the right hand in women). This implicates that in both males and females evidence was found that a ‘low digit ratio’ is more frequently found in people who has a long body height.

SOME ADDITIONAL POPULATION EVIDENCE:

‘Finger Guru’ John T. Manning presented in his first book Digit Ratio an overview of data related to the ‘digit ratio’ in various populations. This data (Manning, Barley, et al.; 2000) points out that e.g. in Spanish & British people (both populations for both men and women) a significant HIGHER ‘2D:4D digit ratio’ (the ratio between the index- and ring finger) was found, compared to for example the finger ratios in Finish & German people (again in both populations for both men and women).

Interestingly, especially Spanish people, and in a lesser degree British people as well, are known for their (relatively) short body height – while Germans & Fins are known for their moderelately longer body height (compared to the Spanish & British): see the figure below. This implicates that there appears to be a strong link between the Turkish study which was published in 2008, and the earlier population evidence mentioned by Manning!!

Body height in various populations.

READ FURTHER ABOUT FINGER LENGTH & VARIOUS POPULATIONS:
Height, digit ratio and sex differences
The finger book
7 Milestones in the history of finger length research
Finger & digit ratio news
More hand news

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2 Responses to “How your finger length relates to your body height!”

  1. fingerlengthdigitratio Says:

    Hello Littlehandguy!

    Sounds very interesting! Please contact me via my website http://www.handresearch.com. Maybe we can write an article about your very short hands!?

    Best wishes from The Netherlands,

    Martijn van Mensvoort.

    PS. I am also the moderator of this finger length blog.

  2. littlehandguy Says:

    Excellent site, the volume and technicality of the information is awesome. I have an interest in these topics, since I have what are probably the smallest hand-to-body ratio out of any male on Earth. I’m not being hyperbolic, either! I’m 5′ 7″ with fully articulated hands, in relative size ratio to a 10 year old girl. My wrists taper , allowing them to appear in normal perspective with my hands. But thats where normalcy ends. My hands are the same size as my mother, who is 5 inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter at 5′ 2″ and 130 pounds. I believe there was a hormonal imbalance during gestation, as the characteristics of my hands also have very feminine expression, I believe. I have had several comments on them in my life, most from complete strangers and probably would have had many many more if not for a certain (but waning) politeness in the Canadian culture.

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