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Cheek dimples in Greek children and adolescents


In 14141 male and 14141 female Greek children and adolescents ranging in age between seven and fifteen years the presence of cheek dimples was investigated. Neither sex (12.6% in both female and males) nor side differences when expressed unilaterally were observed. There was however a significant increase of dimples with age as well as significantly higher numbers of asymmetric than symmetric expressions in all age groups.

With respect to these observations hypotheses of origin of cheek dimples and related effects of age are discussed.

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Pentzos Daponte, A., Vienna, A., Brant, L. et al. Cheek dimples in Greek children and adolescents. Int. J. Anthropol. 19, 289–295 (2004).

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  • Cheek dimples
  • Greek children and adolscents
  • age
  • symmetry