Asymmetry, Handedness and Auricle Morphometry

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022015000400057
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Ertugrul Tatlisumak; Mehmet Sunay Yavuz; Necip Kutlu; Mahmut Asirdizer; Levent Yoleri & Asim Aslan

Summary

The aims of this study were to determine various morphometric measurements of auricle, to investigate asymmetry and its relation with handedness in both sexes. Main morphometric measurements of both auricles and hand preferences were determined on 200 male and 200 female healthy university students. All measurements of the auricles were larger in males than the corresponding ones in females and all the differences except earlobe widths were statistically significant. All measurements of left and right auricles were statistically significantly different in both sexes except earlobe length in males, and distance from the highest point of the auricle to the bottom of the intertragic notch and earlobe length in females. Auricle length and distance from the highest point of the auricle to the bottom of the intertragic notch had higher values at the left side and all other measurements were larger at the right side. There was no significant difference between the measurements of the corresponding auricles of the righthanded and lefthanded subjects. All measurements were larger at the right side except auricle length and distance from the highest point of the auricle to the bottom of the intertragic notch in righthanded and lefthanded subjects and all differences except earlobe length were significantly different in righthanded subjects as in the total population but in lefthanded subjects the difference of the auricle width was not significant, either. There was an apparent asymmetry of right and left auricles of normal people in the current study which should be taken in to consideration in plastic surgeries of the external ear, designing the ear devices and forensic applications of earprints.

KEY WORDS: Asymmetry; Handedness; Auricle Morphometry; Lateralization; Anthropometry.

How to cite this article

TATLISUMAK, E.; YAVUZ, M. S.; KUTLU, N.; ASIRDIZER, M.; YOLERI, L. & ASLAN, A. Asymmetry, handedness and auricle morphometry. Int. J. Morphol., 33(4):1542-1548, 2015.