Early human hand morphology: an estimation of fetal age

Early Hum Dev. 1984 Feb;9(2):127-36. doi: 10.1016/0378-3782(84)90093-8.


Fetal hand morphogenesis was studied between 6 and 14 weeks of gestation by scanning electron microscopy. Detailed observations of surface features allowed three individualized phases of hand development to be distinguished, related to the shape (6 to 10 weeks), to the appearance of creases (10 to 13 weeks) and of ridges (13 weeks onwards).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Fetus / anatomy & histology*
  • Gestational Age*
  • Hand / embryology*
  • Hand / ultrastructure
  • Humans