Fifty centuries of right-handedness: the historical record

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Science  11 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4317, pp. 631-632
DOI: 10.1126/science.335510


A survey of more than 5000 years of art work, encompassing 1180 scorable instances of unimanual tool or weapon usage, revealed no systematic trends in hand usage. The right hand was used in an average of 93 percent of the cases, regardless of which historical era or geographic region was assessed.

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