Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. a detailed, sequential listing of elements, as of topics in a text.

2. a pointer, as in index fossil.

3. standard used for comparison; often a numerical ratio or quotient.

4. in anthropometry, the ratio of two measurements (such as width over length),often multiplied by 100 to remove decimals; e.g. the cranial index. Plural: indices.

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