Background: Ratios of digit lengths are studied intensively as markers of prenatal sex hormone levels.
Aim: Study sexual dimorphism in ratios of metacarpals, which received less attention.
Methods: We studied six metacarpal ratios in deceased human fetuses of ages 10 to 42weeks.
Results and conclusion: We found no indication of a sexual dimorphism at this early stage of development.
Keywords: 2D:4D ratio; Metacarpal ratios; Prenatal development; Sex differences.
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