has found application in establishing ethnic differences (Harlich et al.,
2002). The plantar Arch pattern dermatoglyhics of the Hausa ethnic group of
Nigeria has not been established, and a lot of work had been done in southern
Nigeria. This work attempts to look into the plantar arch patterns of the
Hausas in Northern Nigeria. A cross-sectional survey of 357 subjects was
collected from persons who were truly of the Hausa tribe in Nigeria. 222 of the
subjects were males while 135 were females. There was a significant difference
in the plantar arch pattern on both sexes as confirmed by the chi-square test.
There were differences on both feet. The percentage frequency of the arch
pattern on the toes was greatest on the females and on
the right toe (63%). The frequency was least on females (9.9%). The frequencies
were greatest on the right toes of both sexes.
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