Population Differences in Finger-Length Ratios: Ethnicity or Latitude?

  title={Population Differences in Finger-Length Ratios: Ethnicity or Latitude?},
  author={John C. Loehlin and Dennis McFadden and Sarah E. Medland and Nicholas G. Martin},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
The relative length of the second and fourth fingers (the 2D:4D ratio) has been taken to be an indicator of prenatal exposure to testosterone, and hence possibly relevant to sexual orientation and other sex-differentiated behaviors. Studies have reported a difference in this ratio between Caucasian males in Britain and in the U.S.: higher average 2D:4D ratios were obtained in Britain. This raises the question of whether differences among different Caucasian gene pools were responsible or… 
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