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Matt Revington

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Palm prints
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:02:03 AM »

Part of a history lesson for school kids on the Library of Congress include AE's palm prints from the collection of Nellie Simmons Meier a palm reader

https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2018/08/exploring-amelia-earhart-with-library-of-congress-primary-sources/

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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Palm prints
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 11:53:49 AM »

Thanks Matt.  Yes, the palm prints first appeared in Meier's 1937 book "Lion's Paws - The Story of Famous Hands."
Dr. Jantz used the palm prints to measure Earhart's "2-4 Digit Ratio." (You can Google it.)

"There is now a fairly extensive literature that makes the case that it marks the level of prenatal sex steroids. Males have a lower ratio because of higher prenatal testosterone. The palm print of AE has the male pattern, digit 4 longer than 2. It is not the best palm print you could hope to have, but the greater length of digit 4 is pretty obvious. So I think that what it implies about her prenatal hormonal environment could also explain both her behavior and a skeleton that deceived Hoodless."

He ultimately decided not to address her digit ration in his 2018 paper.
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