Abstract

LENGTH OF EXTERNAL EAR: A TOOL FOR PREDICTION OF HEIGHT- STUDY IN WESTERN MAHARASHTRA POPULATION

Author(s): Jaywant Mahadeo Durgawale, Shailendra Sacchidanand Jadhav

BACKGROUND In medicolegal and forensic examination, estimation of stature is considered an important anthropometric parameter that defines physical identity of an individual. Therefore, present study was carried out to investigate the utility of estimating stature from length of external ear in western Maharashtra population and predict the accuracy of regression equation. MATERIALS AND METHODS The length of right and left external ear was measured by using vernier calliper and measurement of height of person done by using standard height frame. This study was carried on 102 males and 102 females with the age of 18 to 30 years. RESULTS Data were analysed by SPSS version 20. Mean and standard deviation of stature, ear length and correlation coefficient between ear length and stature was observed. A linear equation model for prediction of stature was generated from given measurement of external ear. CONCLUSION Present study showed significant positive correlation between ear length and stature from western Maharashtra population. Finally, it is concluded that length of ear can be used as an additional tool in estimation of nearly accurate stature. This study is useful in forensic anthropology and for medicolegal purpose to estimate the approximate height of the individual.