In anthropometry, an index used originally in attempts to classify race, now used only to describe individuals' appearances and for estimating the age of fetuses. The cephalic index is given by:
(maximum head breadth × 100) / (maximum head length)People with broad heads (cephalic index over 80) are classed as brachycephalic; those with long heads (less than 76) as dolichocephalic; and those in between as mesocephalic (or mesaticephalic).
In zoology, the index is used to categorize animals, especially cats and dogs.
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