Abstract boys (56) (p< 0.05). Converging unification pattern was

Abstract

Background: The uniqueness of palatal rugae suggest
their use for forensic identification and application of discriminant function
analysis in sex identification.

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Aim: The aim of the present study was to analyse
the role of palatal rugoscopy in person identification and sex determination.

Material
and methods: The
study group consisted of 30 children having mixed dentition within the age
range of 8-15 years. Association between rugae patterns and sexual dimorphism
were tested and statistically analysed using chi-square test and stepwise
discriminant function analysis with statistical software SPSS version 17.0 IBM,
Chicago, USA.

Result: Results of the present study indicates that
there was higher primary rugae patterns (p> 0.05) among boys over girls
(boys-224 and girls- 213) and circular rugae pattern and secondary rugae were
more among girls (88) over boys (56) (p 5mm),
secondary (3-5mm) & fragmentary ( 0.05) among boys
over girls (boys-224 and girls- 213) and circular rugae pattern and secondary
rugae were more among girls (88) over boys (56) (p 0.05) among boys
over girls (boys-224 and girls- 213) and circular rugae pattern and secondary
rugae were more among girls (88) over boys (56) (p