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Year : 2009, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 66) Last page : ( 70)
Print ISSN : 0972-5687. Online ISSN : 0974-083X. Published online : 2009 June 1.

The Study of Cephalic Index in Punjabi Students

Mahajan Anupama Dr.1,*, Khurana Baljeet Singh Dr.2, Dr. Seema3, Batra Arvinder Pal Singh Dr.4

1Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, SGRDIMSAR, Amritsar

2Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, SGRDIMSAR, Amritsar

3Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, SGRDIMSAR, Amritsar

4Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, SGRDIMSAR, Amritsar

*Corresponding Author Dr. Anupama Mahajan Phone:+919815733321 Email: anupamasgrd@yahoo.com


Cephalic Index (CI) is useful in differentiation of racial and sexual differences. There is less published literature about CI of Punjabi students. Hence, we under took this study to document the cephalometric characteristics and gender differences in CI of Punjabi community. Head length, head breadth and CI were determined for 400 medical students (17–23 years) of Punjab. The mean CI for males was 81.34 and for females 85.75 which was statistically significant. On comparison with the existing literature the Punjabi community can be categorized as Brachycephalic/Hyperbrachicephalic and the data presented can be useful for experts in forensic science.



Anthropometry, Cephalic index, head-length, head-breadth.


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