The distribution of finger-print pattern types, digital and total ridge counts, a–b scores and atd angles are reported from a random, normal population sample consist ing of 200 males and 200 females of the Coloured community in Durban. Sex differences were small, significant only at the 5-percent level, in respect of total ridge count and the frequency of simple arches. The mean total ridge count of the females was 134.605 ± 47.85, which is considerably higher than has been reported in European females, but which is similar to that of Indian females. It is speculated that this indicates Indian ancestry of the Coloureds of the Durban area.

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