A study of the fingerprints of the Sayyads of Lucknow district, Uttar Pradesh, has given the following frequencies: whorls 40.87%, loops 56.33% and arches 2.80%. The mean pattern intensity is 13.81 ± 0.27, showing no significant differences with neither the upper nor the lower-caste Hindus of U.P., excepting the Purabia Chamar.
As for the ridge count, the Sayyads show a mean of 151.52 ± 3.62, which is highest as compared to Hindu populations of U.P. However, no significant differences are apparent between the Sayyads and Brahmins, Rajputs, and Ahirs. The Sayyads are found to differ significantly from the earlier Muslim sample reported by Singh (1961).
A comparison of the Sayyads with their coreligionists residing in the distant lands from India fails to reveal consistent dermatoglyphic affinities.